All signs are pointing to the fact that the iPhone 4’s antenna issues have been resolved by means of the subtle changes made to Verizon’s version of the iPhone 4.

Even still, that’s not preventing Apple from seeking to cash in on bumper sales, as previous bumpers have been phased out in favor of new universal bumpers that fit both AT&T’s and Verizon’s iPhone.

Check out the video inside for the side-by-side bumper comparison…

The new “universal” design is nothing more than a bigger hole for the iPhone’s mute switch, which differs slightly in position between the two versions; everything else appears to remain the same.

As you know, a big reason that Apple’s bumpers were so popular in the first place is due to the whole antennagate issue that resulted in signal degradation by holding the phone a certain way. This was infamously dubbed the “death grip” by understandably salty users.

It’ll be interesting to see if the bumper popularity is as big as it was with the original iPhone 4, since Apple was (hopefully) able to fully eliminate the antenna issues.

To me, the bumpers were never really about protection; they barely offer your iPhone any decent protection. They do, however, do a good job with handling the signal issues, so that’s why I ask the question: will Verizon users really need these bumpers?

For those of you who plan on getting a Verizon iPhone 4, will you opt for a $29.99 bumper?

  • Freebo

    Of course they offer protection, a lot of drop protection while maintaining the device relatively slim compared to a full skin!

    • I prefer to have the back covered as well, but to each his own. $29.99 is crazy for these things though

  • One thing he doesn’t point out is that it looks like they also improved the 30-pin connector cutout, making it larger to accommodate older cables. One of the shortcomings of the older bumper design was that many existing connectors couldn’t fit in the small cutout, requiring you to slide the phone out of its bumper any time you wanted to connect it to your car and to some accessories.

    • Ah, good catch.

  • appletiser

    you said it in two words – cash in, or the two words id prefer to use – rip off. if you own the previous bumper there’s nothing a careful tweak with a dremel wont cure 🙂

  • Let’s remember that the bumpers are for PROTECTION not for fixing antenna problems(that’s just an added bonus). So yes, the Verizon iPhone really needs bumpers….unless they designed an indestructible iphone.

  • I would consider getting this at $10 maybe. But $30 for a piece of plastic…..??!!!

  • Vincent

    The bumper Is still first and foremost for protection. Though it does a lousy job…any normal case that covers the back will be better than the bumper.

  • John Waterman

    I loved Apple before thinking different was mainstream, But selling something that almost requires a mandatory additional purchase is criminally recallable and everything that Apple use to be against. Shame how money still changes everything… I regress.
    I took my hard-leather case off my 3Gs and I love holding what was a love of labor designing. Why not make it ugly plastic crap if we’re going to cover it with someone else’s interpretation? If my phone gets to slippery I will put those round grip stickers we put in the tub, on the back.
    And that’s why I’m waiting for iPhone 5, no case or cover for me.

  • John Waterman

    I loved Apple before thinking different was mainstream, But selling something that almost requires a mandatory additional purchase is criminally recallable and everything that Apple use to be against. Shame how money still changes everything… I regress. I took my hard-leather case off my 3Gs and I love holding what was a love of labor designing. Why not make it ugly plastic crap if we’re going to cover it with someone else’s interpretation? If my phone gets to slippery I will put those round grip stickers we put in the tub, on the back.
    And that’s why I’m waiting for iPhone 5, no case or cover for me.