Verizon iPhone Take-Apart
iFixit got their hands on the brand new iPhone 4 from Verizon today, and they took it apart to inspect the insides. For all of the details, you can visit the above or below link but I’ll mention the part that struck me most and did provide an answer to my speculation on the Verizon iPhone 5 from the other day.
While taking it apart, iFixit determined that the chipset in the CDMA compatible version of the iPhone is not only compatible with Verizon’s network but also with AT&T’s network as well. iFixit didn’t directly address this, though electronisa states this:
Verizon’s iPhone has been deconstructed today in a teardown that has revealed more changes than just the need for a switch to CDMA. iFixit’s look discovered that the phone is using Qualcomm’s MDM6600, a chipset that can handle not just the CDMA and EVDO needed for the network but also GSM and up to 14.4Mbps HSPA+. The part suggests Apple could have designed a dual-mode phone but didn’t for the iPhone 4, likely due to space constraints in the existing frame.
This doesn’t mean that you can use the CDMA phone with AT&T’s network just yet, but it does hint that Apple may include a chipset that can be used universally with the iPhone 5 which should be announced sometime this Summer. Again, that does, for now, answer my question on whether the iPhone 5 for Verizon would be released months later than AT&T’s; however, we’ll just have to see what Apple really decides to do.