Apple May be Buying Chips for Verizon iPhone

It seems the iPhone-coming-to-Verizon rumors just won’t die, and the latest claims Apple is buying up CDMA chips for an early 2011 magical rumor fulfillment.

The usual unnamed sources said Apple has placed an order for millions of Qualcomm’s CDMA chips, according to TechCrunch, which would be strong evidence that a Verizon iPhone was on the way if there was any tangible evidence to back up the claim.

Assuming Apple really is working on a version of its iPhone just for Verizon’s network, that would also be strong proof that AT&T’s exclusive carrier deal in the U.S. was coming to an end.

So far, AT&T has been the only carrier in the U.S. that can offer the iPhone, and the device has been instrumental in drawing new customers to the company.

Currently, the iPhone isn’t compatible with Verizon’s network because the combination iPod and smartphone uses GSM technology instead of CDMA. T-Mobile also uses GSM for its wireless networks, making it a possible iPhone partner, too.

Since there isn’t and actual proof that Apple is working on a special version of the iPhone just for Verizon, this rumor should be taken with the usual dose of salt.