Tear down of Verizon iPhone 4 reveals the future.
The Verizon iPhone goes on sale tomorrow night, but iPhone repair shops IFixYouri and iFixit got already their hands on the Verizon iPhone and published tear downs. 9to5 Mac made an interesting observations on the components revealed in the tear downs.
Apple is chosen to use the MDM660 Qualcomm chip. This communication chip supports both CDMA and GSM. The Verizon iPhone cannot be used on GSM networks as it does not have a SIM slot. But it is almost certain that Apple will use this dualmode chip in the iPhone 5. This way Apple is back to one iPhone model for all carriers, which makes things simple again for consumers and Apple.
Apple needs to keep it simple and clear that is one of their products' advantages. ZDNet reports though that there is apparently a difference for iPhone apps between the Verizon iPhone and the AT&T iPhone. Apple cannot allow this to happen, but apparently this is what is going on now.
Telenav has released a version of its Telenav app especially for the Verizon iPhone. The are supposedly hardware differences that require a special release. Fragmentation is a problem that Android is heavily under. Apple cannot afford to get this problem too.
If there are hardware differences now between the Verizon iPhone and the GSM iPhones than this will be temporarily. I expect that Apple cleans up the mess with the iPhone 5 soon. New rumors point to a June launch event for the iPhone 5.