Disseminating the news: The Next iPhone? Oh Yes

Gizmodo is claiming to have gotten their hands on the next iPhone.

‘ It was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. We got it. We disassembled it. It's the real thing, and here are all the details.’

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Boy howdy, someone is in trouble in Cupertino if this is the real deal.

The new design looks recognizably like an iPhone, without being just an iteration of the current model, a real evolution and not just the same case with new insides.

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All the deets:

The new iPhone includes:

  • The long-desired front-facing video camera
  • Improved regular back-camera. The lens is larger than that on the 3GS.?Camera flash
  • Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM, like the iPad.
  • Improved display. Though it's unclear if it is the 960×460 display. It looks like it. The "Connect to iTunes" screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
  • What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
  • Split buttons for volume
  • Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What's different:

  • The back is entirely flat, made of either glass, ceramic or shiny plastic, in order for the cell signal to poke through. 
  • An aluminum border going completely around the outside
  • Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS, but seemingly higher resolution
  • Everything is more squared off
  • 3 grams heavier
  • 16% Larger battery
  • Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

Why they think it's real:

It just feels like a finished Apple iPhone. After disassembling this unit, they feel there is much evidence stacked in its favor, and very little possibility that it's a fake. Someone having use of Apple components to design a functioning phone, from scratch, and then releasing it to the world, make the odds that this is fake, slim to none. 

Here are the reasons:

I was lost but now I’m found

?John Gruber, of Daring Fireball, says that Apple has lost a prototype iPhone and they want it back:

‘So I called around, and I now believe this is an actual unit from Apple — a unit Apple is very interested in getting back.’

Found the Bat-cave!

The OS

Supposedly this phone was running iPhone OS 4.0 before the iPhone 4.0 announcement. Unfortunately, Apple remotely killed it before Gizmodo got access to it. They were unable to restore because each firmware is device specific, and there are no firmwares available for this unreleased phone, another clue to its authenticity.

It is recognized as an iPhone

This phone behaves exactly like an iPhone does when connected to a computer, with the proper boot sequence and "connect to iTunes" restore functionality. Xcode and iTunes both see this as an iPhone.

It uses micro-sim

The fact that it uses a micro-sim is a clear indicator that this is a next-generation iPhone. No other cellphone uses this standard at this point in the US.

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Why disguise it, if it’s not real? The camouflage case

The case it came inside was a fully developed plastic case to house this phone to disguise it like a 3GS; ; with all the proper new holes cut out for the new switches and ports and camera holes and camera flash.

The fact that it's out right now

It’s doubtful they would be out testing the 2011 model, this early, it must be a 2010.

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The guts

Gizmodo opened it up. Multiple components that were clearly labeled APPLE.

All in all this looks like the real deal, and a big cock-up on someones part, time will tell. Stay tuned.

From Gizmodo 

5 Reasons You'll See a New iPhone

More Evidence of the iPhone 4G


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