Verizon iPhone 4 Teardown Reveals Secrets of Next “Universal” iPhone?

The Verizon iPhone achieved over 500,000 pre-orders in the US. People have already receiving their new iPhones, including the iFixit team. They have torn down the Verizon iPhone 4, exposing the internal components to the world.

Here are the notable changes, from iFixit:

  • Same battery capacity but weighs less: 26.9 grams to 25.6 grams.
  • New Qualcomm MDM6600 chip supports HSPA+ data rates of up to 14.4 Mbps and CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A/Rev. B
  • This is the same chipset as the Droid Pro world phone. It supports both GSM and CDMA—which means that Apple could have supported GSM!
  • A new vibrator (that sounds wrong)! Rather than using a rotational electric motor with a counterweight, the Verizon iPhone appears to utilize a linear oscillating vibrator for call/message alerts.

Could the Next iPhone Be a Dual Band World Phone? Analyst Says “Yes”

Wow. So the Qualcomm chip inside the Verizon iPhone can also support GSM! Is Apple planning something for the next iPhone? That just might be the case, according Forrester Research, via CNN:

Charles Golvin, an analyst for Forrester Research, is confident that the next iPhone model, expected to come out this summer, will be capable of working on both Verizon and AT&T, along with most cell networks worldwide, he said in an interview.

If the next iPhone becomes truly “universal” by offering both CDMA and GSM, it’s going to break some more sales records.

Click here to check out more details of the iFixit teardown. Their work is incredible!


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