Apple has just released iOS 4.2.6 for its CDMA based Verizon iPhone 4 which is scheduled to be released on February 10th, 2011. Why Apple released iOS 4.2.6 for Verizon iPhone 4 ahead of its scheduled launch date? No one knows but there are rumors that Apple has sent some review units of its CDMA based iPhone 4 to selected bloggers and journalists, thats why they released iOS 4.2.6 publicly before the launch.
Last month Apple released iTunes 10.1.2 for Mac and Windows users which support syncing of both CDMA and GSM based iPhones. The filename of iOS 4.2.6 firmware with build number 8E200 is iPhone3,3_4.2.6_8E200_Restore.ipsw and its size is 652MB. The prefix of iPhone 3,3 will now be used to identify the firmware versions for Verizon iPhone 4.
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Note that the Verizon iPhone 4 which Apple demoed at Verizon media last month was running iOS 4.2.5. Probably Apple might have done some tweak or fixed some bug in iOS 4.2.5 and released iOS 4.2.6 to the public. iOS 4.2.5 was actually the modified version of iOS 4.2 for GSM iPhone 4 which support the Verizon's CDMA network and the Personal Hotspot feature which can allow up to 5 iDevices to connect to internet through an iPhone who will be acting as a Wi-Fi router.