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Take this with a grain of salt, but a new report out of Taiwan claims that Apple has raised their global shipment goal for the iPhone from 19 million units in the first quarter of 2011 to 20-21 million units, which could include the fabled Verizon model.
MacRumors is reporting that Apple may be beefing up their iPhone shipment goals for the first quarter of the new year. According to a new report in DigiTimes, Cupertino may be planing to ship as many as 21 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2011 alone, up from 19 million -- with five or six million of those being CDMA-capable phones headed to Verizon.
“The first-quarter shipment goal for WCDMA iPhones has been adjusted from 13 million units to 14-15 million units,” DigiTimes component supplier sources in Taiwan have claimed. “The shipment goal for CDMA iPhones, which will be launched in North America and Asia Pacific in the first quarter, is set at five to six million units, the sources added.”
As MacRumors explains, “WCDMA refers to the UMTS standard that the current iPhone 4 uses,” but it’s expected that a Verizon-capable CDMA handset will be a separate model which could also land on a handful of carriers in Asia Pacific which also use the technology.
It’s widely believed that a Verizon iPhone could launch as early as January, if not later in the first quarter of 2011. Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will give a keynote address at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 6, 2011 at 8:30am, which would likely be the first possible scenario to unveil such a device.
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