We, with the iPhone repair specialists at iFixyouri have done a quick teardown of the new Verizon iPhone and have found the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip inside. That’s kinda interesting because that chip is dualmode GSM and CDMA compatible. Since the Verizon iPhone doesn’t have a SIM slot, it probably won’t be doing GSM duties, but it all but guarantees that the iPhone 5 will be dual-mode, perhaps one phone that can be used on both Verizon and AT&T (and obviously every other carrier outside the US.)

In fact, why wouldn’t Apple use this chip in its upcoming iPad 2?

MDM6600™: supports HSPA+ data rates of up to 14.4 Mbps and CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A/Rev. B

Check out the side by side below:

iFixYouri notes other, more minor changes:

  • vibrator
  • speaker housing
  • cable protector
  • cable goes under the battery to reach the logic board
  • logic boards have different connectors in differnt places
  • More screws holding the board down
  • Headphone jack
  • Different cover for the front facing camera
  • Dock connector flex
  • Different frame for the glass

Full tear down video here: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wul_c1la1aw&w=640&h=385]

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