Apple redesigns antenna in Verizon iPhone

The iPhone antennae are in a different location from the original iPhone

Apple's new iPhone 4 has been redesigned for Verizon Wireless, with the smartphone sporting a new antenna optimized for CDMA networks.

The new antenna layout includes four band slits on the left and right sides, which is different from AT&T's iPhone 4, which has one slit on top and three on either side.

"It's specifically designed for CDMA [Code Division Multiple Access]," said an Apple spokesperson at a Verizon Wireless press event in New York.

The iPhone 4 offered by AT&T has been subject to reception problems, which many concluded resulted from holding the phone in a certain way. Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, famously recommended that users not hold the phone that way in order to avoid the problem.

Apple has said that only a few AT&T users have reported reception problems, but in July the company announced it would offer iPhone 4 users a free case that would help solve the reception problems.

The Apple spokesperson said the Verizon iPhone and AT&T iPhone operate on different networks, which called for a different antenna design. There will be no design changes in the AT&T iPhone 4, the spokesperson said.

The Verizon iPhone also includes the hotspot feature, which allows up to five Wi-Fi devices to connect to the smartphone. The hotspot feature is not available on AT&T iPhones.

But the Verizon iPhone also has a couple of other differences that might make some users decide to stick with AT&T. The Verizon phone is CDMA-only, meaning that users won't be able to roam to the many countries, including all those in Europe, that don't have CDMA networks.

Verizon said that voice and text services on the phone will work in 40 countries and data services in more than 20. The operator offers subscribers loaner phones when they are travelling to countries where their phone doesn't work.

The Verizon iPhone might also prohibit customers from using voice and data simultaneously, something AT&T iPhone users can do, although a Verizon network upgrade could change that. Typically, EV-DO networks like the one Verizon has do not allow users to, for example, talk on the phone and look up something online. Some online discussion suggests that Verizon may be working on an upgrade that will allow the simultaneous usage. A spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Otherwise, the size, weight and other features of the new iPhone remain mostly unchanged. The Verizon iPhone 4 comes with the 3.5-inch "Retina" screen that can display images at a 960-by-640-pixel resolution. It comes with two cameras and runs on Apple's internally designed A4 chip. The phone will come with storage capacities of 16GB and 32GB, and will be priced at US$199 and $299 with two-year mobile contracts. The phone will become available to customers on Feb. 10.

(Nancy Gohring in Seattle contributed to this report.)

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags AppleiPhonePhonesconsumer electronicsapple iphoneiphone 4Verizon WirelessMobile handsets

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?