Video reveals updated Verizon iPhone hardware

A video that surfaced on the Internet a week ago has resurfaced. With today's announcement of the Verizon iPhone, the video finally makes sense that it isn't the next version of the iPhone, but the CDMA version.

The video, which was originally pulled by Apple Inc., has resurfaced on YouTube, showing an updated design of the internals. Although the video questions if this is the iPhone 5 or CDMA version, the answer is now clear that this video shows updated internal hardware for the Verizon iPhone. Although the video shows a MicroSIM slot, the Verizon iPhone does not contain a sim card slot, which could mean Apple may release an iPhone 4 hardware refresh soon.

Based on photos of the Verizon iPhone from today, with a new mute button placement with a black separation bar, it matches up to the model in the video. The video shows that the charging cable has been changed and the audio flex cable has been greatly changed - a design update that may improve video chat. The video also shows there is a missing camera hole, but doesn't give reasons as to why. The next noticeable difference is the added screw holes, which could be to increase structural integrity of the device.

Updated designs like this are not uncommon for Apple, or any hardware manufacturer for that matter, to change during a products lifecycle. The improvements in the hardware could mean Apple has fixed the 'antennagate' problem, without issuing bumpers to correct the fault.

In other news, MacWorld.com noted that existing iPhone 4 cases will not fit the Verizon iPhone, due to the movement of the mute switch. Such a simple design change, likely to conform the iPhone 4 to the CDMA chipset, and possibly other antenna designs, has made such a simple thing, like an iPhone case, a minor annoyance. This means you won't be able to pick any case off the shelf in the Apple store and will have to wait for a modified case to hit the market or a specially designed case to release.

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Ya, Verizon! That is the only important question! iPhone is old news since Android phones blow them out of the water.

zerokool316 said,
If Verizon is pushing its LTE network so hard, why is the iPhone still on CDMA?
Apple's Tim Cook said there were two main reasons that the iPhone isn't on LTE: the first generation of LTE chipsets "forced design compromises," and "Verizon customers want the iPhone now."

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-3102...8159-260.html#ixzz1AlufRyZ0

That's also partly on Apple. Not even the iPhone 5 is planned to be 4G for either AT&T or Verizon. At least development for 4G will be fairly easy for both versions, since both networks are using LTE for 4G.

I personally would like to see a WiMAX iPhone for Sprint.

So much for fact checking as already pointed out.

Another issue I wont be buying it because you can't do data and voice at the same time. Which is a stupid limitation and one reason why I don't use verzion as much as I'd like to switch.

Yep, apparently people aren't watching the video closely. At 3:24, it shows a microSIM slot rather clearly, and I don't think they'd put it there just for kicks.

I doubt it fixes it purposely.

What I mean is, GSM (AT&T) and CDMA are two different things... So they won't have the same antenna setup.

Mr aldo said,
I doubt it fixes it purposely.

What I mean is, GSM (AT&T) and CDMA are two different things... So they won't have the same antenna setup.

Sooner or later, they are just going to make a world phone to simplify manufacturing problems.

I'm glad the "iPhone on Verizon" thing is over but damn, do we have to worry about what cases/bumpers to buy now? That's ridiculous. I know Apple is a business but still. Hopefully, with the 2011 iPhone on AT&T they don't have to move the mute button 1/4" so I can keep using my cases.

I thought the iPhone 5 wasn't being released till 2012 and that they were releasing the iPhone 4GS this year?

Tom said,
I thought the iPhone 5 wasn't being released till 2012 and that they were releasing the iPhone 4GS this year?

If there is an updated version then it would be the fifth version of the hardware. The 3Gs was the third.

Tom said,
I thought the iPhone 5 wasn't being released till 2012 and that they were releasing the iPhone 4GS this year?

Did you NOT read?, this is NOT the iPhone 5, but a revised version 4

Tom said,
I thought the iPhone 5 wasn't being released till 2012 and that they were releasing the iPhone 4GS this year?

The 3G was called the 3G because of the 3G data capability. The 4 is called the 4 because it's the 4th one.

Exosphere said,

Did you NOT read?, this is NOT the iPhone 5, but a revised version 4

not revised even, just made compatible with CDMA

Bengal34 said,
If there is an updated version then it would be the fifth version of the hardware. The 3Gs was the third.
The second generation was the "3G", to represent that although the second generation, it was the first to work with 3G networks. They decided on "3GS" for the third gen to permit straight numerical sequencing going forward.

Vandi423 said,
The frame shown is NOT the Verizon CDMA version because it has what appears to be a SIM slot.

Ditto. People aren't paying attention.

Vandi423 said,
The frame shown is NOT the Verizon CDMA version because it has what appears to be a SIM slot.

Maybe a CDMA+LTE prototype?

if anyone is wondering why the band is changed, the new iphone for verizon supports CDMA world mode, which has another antenna, so they had to break it up for that new antenna