Gizmodo on Monday dropped THE bomb: the site has a pre-production model of the iPhone 4G, due to be launched in June.
The new iPhone was found “lost” in a Redwood City, Calif. bar, according to Gizmodo, which published its findings, along with numerous pictures of the device. Apple, taking a page from Detroit’s practice of camouflaging unreleased autos, made the phone appear like an ordinary iPhone 3GS.
“While Apple may tinker with the final packaging and design of the final phone, it’s clear that the features in this lost-and-found next-generation iPhone are drastically new and different,” the site writes.
The lost-in-a-bar story doesn’t seem to far-fetched. John Gruber of Daring Fireball writes that Apple is looking for a prototype it lost. (Gruber later charged the “found in a bar” story was being used to cover that Gizmodo stole the handset.) and the design and internal components bear all the marks of coming from Apple, according to Gizmodo.
If you can get past the question of how it was found, there are some interesting details provided about what might be in store for iPhone fans in a few months, including some noticeable differences.
Among those differences are a front-facing camera for video conferencing, a larger back camera and camera flash. The iPad’s influence is also seen in the device’s use of Micro-SIM cards, rather than a standard SIM, and an improved display with higher resolution.
Other changes include a flat back made of glass or ceramics. An aluminum border encircles the new phone. The screen is slightly smaller than the 3GS but with higher resolution. The handset is 3 grams heavier with a 16 percent larger battery, according to the report.