Apple Hiring More CDMA Engineers
A new Apple job posting, showing that the company is looking for more engineers with CDMA experience, is just the latest bit of evidence that Apple is hard at work on an iPhone compatible with Verizon's network. The Cellular Systems Performance Engineer
will need to be proficient in GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, and CDMA technologies. All but the last protocol are supported in currently shipping iPhone 4s; Verizon's network uses CDMA rather than the GSM standard used by AT&T.
Apple has been adding CDMA engineers to their development staff since at least 2008; job listings two years ago sought CDMA testing and certification engineers. The pace of hiring has intensified lately, however: if you search for CDMA on Apple's job site, there are a number of open positions
calling for familiarity with that protocol.
The rumor of a Verizon iPhone has been bouncing around almost as long as there's been an iPhone. Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu said on Monday
that Verizon is so eager to get the iPhone that they're giving in to more of Apple's demands, kicking in a subsidy of as much as $400 per phone.
Source: Cult of Mac