More Evidence Points Towards iPhone 5 as Global Device

TechCrunch's Robin Wauters reports what we have been assuming for quite some time now: the iPhone 5 will be a global world phone, by essentially enabling you to roam on any network worldwide.

The report lists the mounting evidence, which backs up this earlier claim by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo, that the next iPhone would indeed have the ability to roam globally.

This is very good news for travelers, who won't have to worry about the hassle of no coverage in areas where only one type of service (CDMA or GSM) is available...

AT&T iPhone Activations Match Last Quarter at 3.6 Million

In its second quarter financial results today, AT&T revealed it had activated 3.6 million iPhones during the three-month period ending in June. This figure is identical to that announced for AT&T's first financial quarter, however, it is an increase over the 3.2 million devices activated during the same quarter last year.

After falling over the last 12-18 months, the number of new customers activating iPhones seems to have stabilized. 24% of iPhone activations were for new customers, which is just slightly higher than the first quarter, and significantly lower than the 40% rate during the early days of the iPhone.

Verizon iPhone Sales Dip as Customers Await iPhone 5

In anticipation of the iPhone 5 this September, would-be Verizon Wireless customers are holding on to their cash until they have a fifth-generation device to spend their money on, says one industry analyst.

Jason Armstrong of Goldman Sachs says "iPhone sales will be a touch below the 2.2 million" Verizon managed during the first quarter, and expectations of a fifth-generation iPhone landing in just a few months time are thought to be to blame for Verizon's dip in sales...

AT&T Silent About Unlocking iPhone

For the first time in history, Apple is now offering factory unlocked iPhones in the U.S. If you walk into your local Apple store, or browse online, you can purchase an unlocked iPhone 4 for operation on any compatible carrier. These unlocked devices start at $649.

AT&T does not currently offer unlocked iPhones in the United States. AT&T has yet to state if it will offer unlocked iPhones in its stores, or if the GSM carrier will unlock previously purchased iPhones.

iOS 5 Provides Free Tethering to Verizon iPhone Users

Here is a new iOS 5 feature that hasn't been documented yet, most likely because it's probably a bug that will be taken care of in the next beta release. If you own a Verizon iPhone (aka CDMA version of the iPhone) and you go to Settings > General > Network > Internet Tethering, and turn the toggle ON, you will be able to tether your device for free, turning it into a Wi-Fi hotspot at no charge.

I don't have a Verizon iPhone so I couldn't verify this myself but I asked several people on Twitter and they were all able to turn tethering ON, without having to pay anything to Verizon...

Next iPhone in Final Testing Stages for September Release

After the next generation iPhone was a no-show at Apple's WWDC conference last week, the previous reports of an iPhone release in September gained more credibility. Now, according to some Apple intelligence from 9to5Mac, the next iPhone has reached final testing stages (or "AP" stage) with high-level Apple and carrier executives.

All signs point towards Apple being on track for a September release of the next iPhone, but some problems with Verizon could restrict FaceTime over 3G on the carrier's CDMA network.

iCloud Does Not Play Nicely With Verizon CDMA iPhone 4

We've all gotten used to Verizon arriving late to the party, and despite finally handing over the iPhone in February, Apple is still finding ways in which it can keep Verizon's customers waiting. Next up is iCloud, which doesn't play nicely with the CDMA iPhone built for the Verizon network.

During his announcement at WWDC yesterday, Steve Jobs said that some iCloud features were now in beta, including the ability to sync content among your devices, and download previous purchases. However, in order to enjoy these features, you need iOS 4.3.3 – a release not currently available for the Verizon iPhone...

Rumor: iPhone 4S This Summer With A5 Chip, 8MP Camera, GSM/CDMA Support, Integrated SIM

With WWDC right around the corner, the last, pre-summer iPhone rumors are coming in fast and strong. The latest one seems a little far fetched, but it does make some interesting claims about hardware announcements we'll see from Apple this year.

Instead of an iPhone release this fall, Macotakara claims that the 'iPhone 4S' will be released this summer, and that the iPhone 5 will be released in spring of 2012. The iPhone 4S will supposedly be a minor upgrade from the iPhone 4 (like the 3G/3GS), while the iPhone 5 will be a complete revamp. Sound crazy to you?

The Great Measures Apple Took to Keep Verizon iPhone a Secret

Although the iPhone 4 was already 7 months old when it launched on the Verizon network, Apple still went to great lengths to keep the CDMA version of the device a secret. Learning from its mistakes it made with the iPhone 4 prototype last year, Apple set strict rules and implemented tight security measures to ensure it didn't happen again.

Verizon staff weren't authorized to field test the device until just two weeks before its launch, after signing non-disclosure agreements promising they wouldn't let details slip. Those entrusted to test the device weren't allowed to call it an "iPhone" – it was given the code-name "ACME" and that's what it had to be called…

5 Things I’d Really Love to See From The Next iPhone

There's been all sorts of mutters, speculations, and guesses surrounding the next iPhone. Some of the ideas sound great, while others sound pretty terrible.

Needless to say I think we all have our own personal wish list of things that we would like to see on the next iPhone, so I thought I'd share with you a few of mine. Obviously, these are just wishes, not necessarily realities, but hey, it's nice to dream, isn't it?

My first wish for the next iPhone is none other than...

Verizon CFO Reaffirms the Next iPhone will be a Global Device

Big Red's Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo is no stranger to leaking iDevice information. You might recall the comments he made last month during Verizon's quarterly earnings call, claiming that Apple's next smartphone would be a global device.

Reuters is reporting today that the CFO has once again been dishing the dirt on Apple's upcoming gadget. Shammo told Reuters about upcoming changes to Verizon's data plans and reaffirmed some details about the next iPhone...

CDMA iPhone 4 Not as Popular as Apple Expected

It looks like the Verizon iPhone isn't holding up to Apple's expectations. According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple has significantly reduced the production of CDMA/Verizon iPhone 4s in 2011.

DigiTimes reports that Apple has cut down production of the CDMA iPhone 4 from the originally expected 10 million units, down to only 5 million units...