CDMA iPhone 4 in 'Engineering Verification Test' Stage of Development?

Another day, another post by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. This time Mr. Gruber is claiming that a CDMA-based iPhone 4 capable of running on Verizon’s network, is now in the “engineering verification test” stage of development. This means, that the device (codenamed N92) is only a few steps away from being put into production, possibly in time for the much rumored January release.

I don’t know anything about negotiations with Verizon, and I doubt anyone does other than the highest-level executives at both companies. But I do know that engineering-wise, the wheels are turning on N92, the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4. It’s certainly not in production yet, and hasn’t reached DVT status (device verification test – like Gray Powell’s infamous stolen unit), but it is, a few little birdies claim, at EVT (engineering verification test). That’s one step below DVT, which is one step below production. So it’s right about where you’d think it would be if it were scheduled to go on sale in January. The CDMA iPhone is no longer a cold storage, keep-it-alive-just-in-case-we-need-it project.

Gruber goes on to caveat his report by saying that although he believes a CDMA-based iPhone is on the way, this news doesn’t necessarily mean that the device is coming to Verizon. Sprint, and a multitude of international carriers may be the planned target audience for the new iPhone.

Lastly, Gruber notes that as the CDMA iPhone 4 nears production, more and more leaks could be expected to show up. We’ll keep you posted if they do.