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.
• 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
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?