Enterprise Mobility: Verizon iPhone 4 Teardown Hints at Apple's Future
Teardowns of the Verizon Wireless iPhone 4 by repair site iFixit and analyst firm IHS iSuppli revealed that, while on the surface they appeared largely identical, Apple has done quite a bit of work on a phone that, in a matter of months, is "set to be antiquated by the iPhone 5," iFixit's Kyle Wein wrote in a Feb. 7 report. Apple made changes to the phone's battery and vibrator, but most important are new design choices regarding the Verizon iPhone's CDMA technology and antenna, and the switch from a Broadcom chip to a Qualcomm MDM chipset. Such changes, wrote iSuppli senior analyst Wayne Lam, in a report the same day, "likely foretell of future updates coming in the next major model release of the Apple iPhone later this year." The Verizon iPhone will officially go on sale Feb. 10.