iPhone 4G no longer just a rumor – Engadget

Posted on: 04/19/10 by Elijah Mendoza

The existence of the successor to the popular iPhone 3GS may have finally been confirmed, as technology blog Engadget presents alleged photographic proof of the "iPhone 4G." The site is so confident that what they've captured is the real deal, they're taking the whole thing as fact.

Engadget editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky said that the photo above has already been in their possession for months, since it was originally (only) one of the leaked shots of the iPad caught in Apple's test lab. Two days ago, however, they spotted what people are calling a Japan-made "fake" of an iPhone 4G. But to their surprise, upon further inspection of the picture, the gadget somewhat matches the iPhone in the leaked photo.

"Upon further inspection of these pictures today, the aforementioned editor discovered that the new iPhone 4G we've just gotten photos of is actually sitting on the table beside the iPad prototype! Imagine how blown our minds were when we realized we have had a photo of the next iPhone for months! As you can see in the pic above, the left side of the new device is clearly visible on this table in the upper right hand corner, and since we believe that these photos come directly from an Apple testbed, it's hard to deny that the phone you've just seen is in fact the real deal. Not only that, but we suspect that the device on the tablet itself is also a version of the new phone (you can see what looks like aluminum along the bottom) which seems to be housed in some type of iPhone 3G-like case."

The fake Japanese iPhone in question

Now we have to be honest, we didn't see everything that Josh just mentioned – the image is just too blurry to be able to confirm anything. But tech pundit John Gruber believes that Engadget's confidence in the supposed hard evidence is "based partly on factors they can’t publish."

We have every reason to believe Gruber because a site as popular and as respected as Engadget knows better than to pass off a rumor with nothing than a blurry photo as evidence as an absolute truth. If the information they presented turned out to be wrong, it would not do well to their reputation, and any future predictions they may come up with will be tainted with doubt.

Good news for Gizmodo if that happens.

Sources Engadget and MacRumors


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