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…