Report Claims Apple Has Increased 2011 1st Quarter iPhone Shipments To 21 Million; Including 5-6 Million CDMA iPhones

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DigiTimes is reporting that Apple has raised the iPhone shipment for first quarter of 2011 from 19 million units to 20-21 million units.

According to DigiTimes, the number also includes 5-6 million CDMA iPhones, which it claims will be launched in North America and Asia Pacific in the first quarter of 2011.

DigiTimes reports:

The first-quarter shipment goal for WCDMA iPhones has been adjusted from 13 million units to 14-15 million units, the sources said. The shipment goal for CDMA iPhones, which will be launched in North America and Asia Pacific in the first quarter, is set at 5-6 million units, the sources added.

MacRumors explains:

WCDMA refers to the UMTS standard that the current iPhone 4 uses, but the CDMA iPhones will be a separate model that will bring compatibility to Verzion in the U.S. and apparently to other carriers in Asia Pacific.

There has been a deluge of rumors and speculations surrounding the Verizon iPhone ever since iPhone was launched on AT&T’s network. We have also heard rumors that the Verizon iPhone is “100% cooked for quite a while” and the device is expected to launch “right after Christmas”.

It will be interesting to see if the Verizon iPhone will be announced at Consumer Electronics Show on January 6th, 2011 where Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will be giving a keynote address.

What do you think? Are you waiting to buy a Verizon iPhone? Tell us your views in the comments below.

[DigiTimes via MacRumors]