Verizon iPhone tear-down reveals GSM/CDMA and HSPA+ chipset

iPhoneVerizon_Teardown2

As some lucky consumers begin receiving their Verizon iPhone early, the iFixyouri and 9to5mac team tore their new phone down. We already knew that Apple was using modified and updated hardware on the new Verizon iPhone, compared to the iPhone 4, but what the team discovered is very interesting.

The iFixyouri team discovered that the new Verizon iPhone has a dualmode GSM and CDMA chipset. Although the Verizon iPhone doesn't have a SIM slot, it does appear that the iPhone 5 could have one model for both GSM and CDMA carriers, both inside and outside of the United States.

iPhoneVerizon_Teardown1

What's even more interesting about this chipset, Qualcomm MDM6600 chip, is that it supports HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps. Even though Verizon uses a different technology, the hardware gives us a possible glimpse into the future of the iPhone. Many carriers within the United States, including AT&T, support HSPA+ already.

Since the new Qualcomm chipset supports both GSM and CDMA, why wouldn't Apple use this technology in the upcoming iPad 2?

Image credit: iFixyouri.com

Previous Story
Daily Gaming: February 7, 2011
Next Story
Former FBI agent says agency routinely spies on citizens