Not too long ago Verizon, along with Tim Cook, announced that Apple would be releasing a CDMA version of the iPhone capable of running on Verizon’s network. The long sought after CDMA iPhone will be available for pre-order starting on February 3rd and will start appearing in stores on February 10.
Those who watched the Verizon iPhone presentation closely probably noticed that Apple appears to have slightly modified the exterior of the device to address the “death grip” issues that surrounded the original iPhone 4 upon its release. Apple reportedly implemented a dual-antenna solution for the CDMA iPhone whereby it moved the WiFi and perhaps GPS antenna to the PC Board freeing up room for a second antenna which acts to pass off and receive a cellular signal with the first to dynamically account for fluctuations in signal strength and reception. In doing so, Apple was forced to reposition the mute button though the location of the volume buttons remain unchanged.
That being the case, a new universal iPhone 4 bumper capable of fitting snug over both the GSM and CDMA versions of the iPhone 4 was reportedly picked up at an Apple store. The fix is quite simple as all Apple really did, and had to do, was to expand the slot for the mute switch.