A new iPhone is coming at the start of 2011, if reports are to be believed, bringing some new tech on board.

But, to the disappointment of fanboys everywhere, this doesn't mean an early arrival for the iPhone 5, but a CDMA-enabled device to work on the Verizon network.

Ever since the first iPhone was released back in 2007, AT&T has held the exclusive rights to Apple's phones with the US.

But, all that is set to change with Cupertino Computers' exclusivity agreement with the network set to end.

Verizon is the biggest network in the States and, with analysts predicting that 40 million iPhones could be sold this year, the move will shore up Apple's armoury and help in the ongoing battle with Google's Android OS powered phones.

Verizon's president, Lowell McAdam, said recently: "At some point our business interests are going to align", referring to Apple. "I fully expect it".

We fully expect it as well, and we fully expect there to be no death-grip issues with the updated device. Apple has already had its fingers badly burnt with that problem and will surely be taking extra precautions this time around.

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