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Verizon iPhone surprise: iFixit tear-down reveals dual-mode CDMA, GSM Qualcomm chip

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 7:02PM EST

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Well what do we have here. A fresh iFixit tear-down of the Verizon iPhone has yielded a surprise: Apple included the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip; a chip that supports high-speed HSPA and CDMA frequencies.

“This is the same chipset as the Droid Pro world phone,” writes iFixit. “It supports both GSM and CDMA—which means that Apple *could* have supported GSM!”

This certainly is an interesting revelation, and jives with previous rumors suggesting that Apple may be planning to develop a singular iPhone that can be flashed to support CDMA, GSM, or both. Hit the read link to check out iFixit’s complete tear-down and drop us a comment to let us know what you think.