We’re told this block of code has appeared every year consecutively before a major iPhone / device release, removed right before launch. This allows the products to be field tested by carriers (or partners) without having to activate the handsets or devices.
If you thought that the Verizon rumors were just rumors, you might want to take another look at the evidence. The real question is whether or not it will be LTE compatible, because that would give AT&T users (another) reason to jump ship in favor of a faster network. Also, how will Apple deal with Verizon’s massive Android campaign? I can’t imagine Jobs wants his pride and joy to be cozy with his biggest competitor, and Apple has been known to be quite controlling of such things.