Verizon iPhone 4 has a different Antenna setup

Verizon iPhone 4

Verizon iPhone 4

We reported several times last year that Apple’s second iPhone 4 manufacturing plant would come online for an early 2011 launch, and higher volume production of more iPhone 4. Most likely for Verizon.

Some images of the “new” iPhone 4, announced today as coming to Verizon in the US in February, show that the surround of the CDMA iPhone 4 has a slightly different arrangement for the breaks which segment the antenna design. Not to mention no SIM card slot, as Verizon’s CDMA network doesn’t use them.

Tim Cook mentioned at the Verizon launch event that Apple “had to make changes to work on the CDMA network”. Whilst this is undoubtedly true, one does tend to wonder if perhaps this change may filter through to all iPhone 4′s in future. The thinking behind that is that perhaps the routing of the signals coming out of the device are now split in order to provide more than one antenna section for critical signals – and reduce the effects of cell phone “death grips”.

I am sure that iFixit will have a tear down of the new iPhone 4 in due course, and either show this pet theory to be correct or not.

What do you think? Is the iPhone 4 for Verizon now sporting a better antenna? Have your say in the comments…

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Stephen NorthcottVerizon iPhone 4 has a different Antenna setup
  • Anonymous

    I’m glad to see our long national nightmare is now over. I hope everyone in NY and SF get Verizon iPhones and can quit complaining about AT&T.
    And Verizon is well aware of what Android offers, yet here comes the iPhone, with no Verizon branding, no Verizon-installed crapware, no Verizon logo on the device. . .they didn’t even get Jobs to visit. Verizon has apparently decided that selling iPhones is a better idea than giving away every other Android device.
    But no 4g? Every Android phone coming out has been taking advantage of each network’s 4g capabilities. This may hurt Apple. I mean… I wouldn’t want to stick to a 3g phone for the next 18-20 months.
    Hmm, maybe we could read some difference on iPhone 4 and 3GS from iFunia: ifunia.com/iphone-column/index.html

    Hope the 4G newtwork launch soon!!!!!!!!!