Apple and Verizon have recently announced CDMA-‘only’ iPhone 4 for consumers, which basically uses different antenna design to work on CDMA technology. Geeks over at iFixit have tried to tear down the new Verizon iPhone.
In this process, they have found something interesting in iPhone’s design. The CDMA iPhone possess Qualcomm’s MDM6600 chip, and it can support both GSM as well as CDMA network specifications. Here’s what they want to say -
- 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!
- Why didn’t they? It may be that it was easier to design antennas for a CDMA-only phone — this phone supports two cellular frequency bands, while Apple supports five bands in the GSM version.
- Of course, there’s no way it could be a real “world phone” without a SIM card slot.
Apple’s original iPhone 4 has faced criticism over antenna issues last year, which could be the reason why Apple team didn’t allow two different technologies on Verizon iPhone. However, this doesn’t mean that they have abandoned it completely. Apple is known as quality products manufacturer and the team will definitely work on iPhone design to provide such features to users in the future.