Gizmodo Reveals The Next iPhone

Either someone is going to get fired over this, or this was an intentional leak, because these sorts of stories are just way too good to be true. Here’s the scoop. Apparently someone who was testing this summer’s iPhone refresh prototype accidentally left the device at a California bar. Someone found it, sent it over to Gizmodo, and the rest is history. If you want the full story, head on over to Gizmodo.  They have a ton of pics of the new device beside the iPhone 3GS, and more.  I’ve simply compiled all the best news.

What’s new

• 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

What’s changed

• 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

That’s pretty amazing right there.  The device was shut down remotely by Apple to prevent Gizmodo from using the iPhone OS 4.0, which I’m sure they would have loved to mess around with.  I know the developer tools are out there, but this likely would have been a full release version of the OS.  Needless to say, Gizmodo really got a great score with this scoop.  Apple is either furious right now, or they had this planned all along.  I simply find it a little suspicious that a device of this caliber would simply be “forgotten” at a bar.

So I suppose now I should ask if you’re interested in this upgrade?  I know I am.  My iPhone 3G is getting a little old now, and having video conferencing ready to go, on top of a much better camera is a big deal to me.  That’s on top of the killer iPhone OS 4.0 which will run perfectly on the new smartphone.  So needless to say, I’m very excited for this year’s iteration of the iPhone.  Are you?

6 thoughts on “Gizmodo Reveals The Next iPhone”

  1. LOL. Hilarious leak.

    I just hope this refresh is accompanied by a new version of the iPod Touch as well, as I’ve been interested in investing on the latter for quite sometime. Looks like I’ll wait a little bit more to see what comes out of this. Good stuff though.

  2. The next iPod Touch will likely be very similar to this Ahmed. I think it’s safe to assume it’ll include both cameras, or at least the camera+flash option. It may not come with the front-side camera only because you couldn’t really use the thing for video conferencing unless you were near a WiFi spot. Still, this is without a doubt the most detailed leak I’ve seen since the PSP Go, and even that wasn’t hands on. Apple likely has an event planned for sometime in June, but now it’s going to be hard to impress everyone given this major leak. This iPhone has virtually everything everyone has been asking for, so I know I’m going to update for sure.

  3. I’m becoming increasingly unhappy with Verizon’s phones, and have been strongly considering buying out our contract to move to AT&T and jump on board the iPhone bandwagon. I still want to get a MacBook in the near future too, and it’s all thanks to how much I’ve enjoyed my Nano for the past several weeks.

    1. That’s Apple’s secret. They hook you in with one product, and then you enjoy it and want to check out some of their other products. I know a lot of people don’t like getting hooked into their ecosystem, but I really love their ecosystem so getting locked into it is perfectly fine with me.

  4. I’ll be getting one of these for sure. I’ve been holding out but that seems to be totally worth it.

  5. The new iPhone really gets it right. It will do virtually everything people have been asking for. This has sort of become Apple’s “thing” lately. They release some interesting products that take a few years to really mature. The iPhone 4G takes everything that was great about the original iPhone design, and adds everything we’ve all been clamoring for. I’m sure the same will be true of the iPad in coming years.

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