The spectre of fragmentation has long loomed large over the smartphone world. It plagues Android, and Apple has been incredibly careful not to have it hit the iPhone — but a new report indicates that it might just have landed. Beyond the issues of old iPhone 4 cases maybe not fitting the Verizon iPhone 4, it appears the different chips may prevent some apps from working properly.
Right now, this only happens with two apps by Telenav, who make a GPS app for both versions of the phone, which is required because they have different hardware. While they didn’t specifically say what hardware part caused the issue, the obvious implication is that the GSM/CDMA radios are different, and so too possibly the GPS receivers — which means apps designed to handle one might not be able to handle the other.
I’m crossing my fingers that Apple can fix this with an API update.