In what is being seen as yet another indication of Apple’s plans to eventually bring the iPhone to Verizon, the company is learned to be scouting for engineers who have experience with Verizon’s CDMA technology.
In a fresh posting on the Apple Jobs portal, the company has sought for a “Cellular Systems Perf Engineer” who is familiar with technologies like CDMA in addition to GSM, GPSRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA and HSUPA.
While the job posting itself has been removed since then, the experience requirements has raised an important point about the potential new cellular technologies that could be supported on Apple iPhone in future. To be fair, the posting makes it clear that Apple is simply looking for an engineer who is a versatile cellular expert and not someone solely with experience in CDMA technologies.
Nevertheless, with a lot of rumors in the past few months pointing out to an imminent launch of a Verizon iPhone, we wonder if this new position could be related to these speculations as well. It is also interesting to note that this is not the first position at Apple for engineers with expertise in the CDMA space. A quick search on LinkedIn gives us a list of quite a few engineers with expertise in CDMA technology.
It should also be noted that recruitment of CDMA engineers do not necessarily imply that a CDMA iPhone could be coming to the American market. Several countries, including China and India, have a growing telecom market with a number of large CDMA players. It is likely that Apple may be working on a CDMA variant of the iPhone to target these markets.
But with competition from Android heating up in the US, it makes a lot of strategic sense for Apple to launch a Verizon iPhone. In fact, analysts have pointed out that such a move could help Apple increase its market share drastically. That makes us believe this recent posting could be hinting at the arrival of a CDMA iPhone in the not-so-distant future.
What do you think?[via Forbes]