Teardown: iPhone 5 CDMA / GSM Support Possible

By Posted 8 Feb 2011, 15:13

The Verizon iPhone 4 has already been made available to some, setting new sales records for the company and it was iFixit that we were hoping would get their device first. The reason for this is because we will be able to learn what makes this thing tick without the need to take our own one apart. This teardown is very interesting, as it offers us details on what we can expect from the iPhone 5.

We already know that this is the CDMA version and AT&T’s is the GSM version, but it seems that the chipset used could support both. This feature has not been utilized in Big Red’s model, but we cannot help but wonder if Apple is looking to the future with this Qualcomm MDM6600 chip. iFixit informs us that this is the same chip used in the Motorola Droid Pro, which we already know can connect to both networks.

In the teardown it was already known the few differences of the external, but they did not know how different the internals were going to be. Also it was obvious that the handset would only get a 6 out of 10 reparability score – something we have come to expect from most Apple devices.

Removing things like the battery and other components is the easy part, but it is that LCD and front glass, that is hard as they are fused together for extra strength. On a final point, Kyle from iFixit said it was surprising about how much Apple had to change the inner-workings of the Verizon iPhone 4, as it will be something that will be out-of-date in less than six months time.

read the full teardown here or watch the video of it below.

Do you think that the fifth-generation iPhone will be GSM and CDMA compatible?