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Verizon iPhones to require new cases

updated 01:20 pm EST, Tue January 11, 2011

XGear preps first Verizon-targeted model

People buying a Verizon iPhone will not be able to use many of the same cases available for AT&T models, hands-on users note. Because the antenna bands on the new device have been rearranged, the volume and mute controls have been correspondingly moved a few millimeters down. Cases for existing iPhones will therefore cover up a Verizon model's controls if they fit at all.

One of the first Verizon iPhone cases to be announced is one belonging to XGear. The accessory is so new, in fact, that XGear has yet to give it a name or number, or reveal pricing and a release date. Sales of the Verizon iPhone are set to begin on February 10th.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why would they move or change the antenna bands? It isn't because the old ones did actually cause a problem for some people, was it?

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It may be two-prong

    On one hand, it may be something technological requiring a differing antenna band or something.

    On the other hand, it may be so that the phones can be visually distinguished quickly -- by Apple store employees doing warranty swaps, etc.

    Certainly would suck to walk into an Apple store with a CDMA iPhone and walk out with a replacement GSM iPhone. I'm not saying that they would let that happen even if the two were visually indistinguishable, but it would be a lot easier for an employee to look at the button side of the phone and think "CDMA" if he/she saw an antenna break between the bands, or "GSM" if they didn't see an antenna break on that side.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I can hear it now......

    Button location change, antenna re-arranged (because we all know there IS NO problem).

    Oh the iFhrag-munn-tay-shun!!!!
    Is Apple trying to iCopy Android for that too??

    Oh the iHumanity!!!!

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I can't wait for the fanboys to come up with their own (il)logical reasons why the antenna position has changed besides the fact it was a design flaw.

    Apple FAIL (always)

  1. Titanium Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The jesters are out in force

    Different networks, different frequencies, different antennas. Simple RF physics.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Titanium

    Simply a design flaw from the get go :)

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