After a Verizon iPhone 4 was taken apart and its pictures published on the Web, articles are popping up right and left commenting on the fact that it uses a dual chip from Qualcomm which can work in both GSM and CDMA networks. Apple did not include a GSM chip card module, so the phone can’t actually work on GSM networks but this might be an indication that both models will be merged when the iPhone 5 is released.
More important at this point, however, is the question of whether or not the next generation iPad will use this same chip to work with both networks. While we are still five months away from a possible iPhone 5 release, the general consensus is that we are probably no more than a few weeks away from an iPad 2 introduction.
Using such a dual mode chip in the second generation iPad would make it possible for Apple to continue to offer six iPad models instead of having to branch out to nine of them. This might be even more interesting if Apple retains some iPad 1 models in production as low end entry points into the company’s mobile platform. While Apple certainly doesn’t seem to be having any trouble selling the iPad at its current price point, many families which already own an iPad might opt to buy more of them if there are lower cost options available.
Hopefully we won’t have to wait long to find out what Apple has been cooking for the iPad 2.