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The tale of the iPhone 4G. So much of this story was online in the past few days, I’m probably the last to post on it. Anyway, a prototype of the next-gen iPhone was lost in a bar, found by a stranger, who had later sold it to Gizmodo for $5000. Gizmodo gracefully dissected it, but eventually had to return the unit after a formal request from Apple Inc. So that proves that it’s 100% genuine.
Let’s go over the pictures fast.
And just for comparison with the 3GS:
The prototype dissected:
Now for the story.
• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with 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
• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• 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