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Fourth-Generation iPhone Revealed

Category: Mobile
Posted: 03:33PM

There was a bit of a buzz this weekend as a rumored prototype of the next iPhone was supposedly revealed. Now, it seems that the prototype is an actual Apple design as the folks at Gizmodo tore it apart to find out. The prototype shows up in iTunes, XCode, and System Profiler as an actual iPhone, though it does not show up as either an iPhone 3G or 3GS. Plus, the internal components all have Apple labeling which further backs up the belief that it is the real deal. This prototype was found running iPhone OS 4.0 but then Apple remotely disabled it and the phone went into restore mode. Apple themselves even wants the prototype back, for obvious reasons.

Now, to the new stuff found in the prototype fourth-gen iPhone. The prototype features a front-facing camera, an upgraded rear camera with a larger lens, and a flash for the rear camera. The volume button is now split and metallic, just like the power and mute buttons on it. The prototype also uses micro-SIM which is pretty much an Apple exclusive. The prototype features a higher resolution screen though it appears to be slightly smaller in size compared to the iPhone 3GS. It also appears to have a second microphone to possibly help with noise cancellation during calls. The phone itself is more squared off so its not as rounded on the edges compared to the current iPhone. Oh, and the prototype also boasts a larger battery with all the surrounding components reduced in size to allow for the larger battery.

If indeed this prototype turns out to be the final design when the phone is, reportedly, unveiled this summer, then I think Apple has another winner on its hands.

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greengiant912 on April 20, 2010 06:00AM
I am really excited! The device looks really nice, and I am glad that they are finally getting rid of that cheap plastic crap. I am wondering if Apple will push up the announcement because of this. I think it would be beneficial for them to do that. They sent a letter to Gizmodo last night requesting the device back. Gizmodo was willing to give the device back per Apple's wishes, so as long as Apple went easy on the employee who lost the device.

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