iPhone 4th Generation LEAKED! (Yes! It’s finally HERE!) [*UPDATED*]

The fourth-generation iPhone prototype that leaked its way out into the world over the weekend has found its way to Gizmodo, and they’ve examined it exhaustively, erasing any doubt that it’s real. Not only does it show up in iTunes, Xcode, and System Profiler, but it has different product identifiers than the 3G or 3GS, and it’s packed with Apple-labeled components inside. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get it to boot out of recovery mode, but a number of new features and changes are evident just by holding it. Obviously, it’s thinner than the 3GS, with smaller internal components and a larger battery inside the metal frame. There’s also a front-facing camera, a larger and better camera with a flash on the back, a higher-res display that’s slightly smaller than the current models, a second mic for noise cancellation, and that new back, which Giz seems a bit confused about but we’re fairly sure is glass or ceramic. It’s also three grams heavier than a 3GS, with a 16 percent larger battery and the same new MicroSIM slot used in the iPad.

Gizmodo also told us that the phone was found running iPhone OS 4.0 but that it was remotely killed before Giz could actually see it, and that they can’t get it to boot because it requires a bespoke build of the OS. Everyone’s assuming Apple’s hot on the trail of this thing. Don’t forget to Check out the Pictures!

•New Features•

•The first newly visible feature is the front-facing video camera
•The rear camera includes a flash
Micro-SIM (iPad 3G) instead of regular SIM
•The SIM tray has been moved to the side of the device
•The display has been improved and is a higher resolution than that of the iPhone 3GS
•Sleep/wake, silent switch, and volume buttons are metallic
•Two buttons for volume control (camera controls?)
•Two microphones; one at the bottom and one next to the headphone jack


•A new aluminum border surrounding the device
•Smaller display as compared with the iPhone 3GS
•Larger battery
•3-grams heavier
•Design is squared
•The back is flat and made from a glass type or shiny plastic material
•All internal components have been reduced in size, likely done to make room for the higher capacity battery

•Why It’s Real•

Gizmodo notes some valid claims for why this device is the next iPhone:

•The device has been reported to be lost, which came from John Gruber’s contacting people familiar with the matter.
•The screen is very high-resolution, making it near impossible to identify individual pixels. As many know, on iPhone knock-offs, the screens are usually extremely poor.
•No other phone or device in North America is using micro-SIM as their SIM card right now. The fact that Apple is starting this with the iPad 3G further reinforces that this iPhone is their device.
•Before being reported lost, the operating system was iPhone OS 4.0. Unfortunately, once reported lost, Apple apparently wiped the device remotely, preventing further access to the device. Attempts to restore have failed since there is no firmware yet available for the new device.
•When connected to a computer, the device behaves like an iPhone, iTunes recognizes it as an iPhone and Xcode on a Mac further recognizes it as an iPhone.
•The case used to disguise the device as an iPhone 3GS had all the proper new holes cut-out.
•Some of the internal components, aside from being perfectly implemented in terms of spacing, were labeled “Apple” and that would be highly unlikely in a knock-off device.

•Hardware Specifications•

Dimensions: 4.50 by 2.31 by 0.37 inches
Weight: 140 grams (3GS: 137 grams)
Battery: 5.25 WHr at 3.7V (3GS: 4.51 WHr at 3.7V)

•Final Thoughts•

At first, with all the lost and found speculation, I admit that I thought this was all a joke. But after seeing the internals and some of the design changes up close, I have been made a believer!

So, are you convinced now? So, IS THIS YOUR NEXT iPhone? 😀


About Amod Agrawal

CS @ Illinois. Grad student.

Posted on 19/04/2010, in Technology! and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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