UPDATE (Breaking, 12:30 p.m., April 20, 2010): Want more proof that what is in Gizmodo's possession is the real next-generation iPhone? Check out the screenshots we added at the bottom of this page. (Via Gizmodo) – Editor
The "Giz" said that the iPhone 4 prototype was found in a bar in Redwood City, California, just a few miles from Apple's HQ in Cupertino, although they didn't say how they got their hands on it. All we know is that Gawker's (Gizmodo's parent company) head Nick Denton said that they definitely paid for it.
"Yes, we’re proud practitioners of checkbook journalism. Anything for the story!" – Nick Denton
The iPhone was wrapped in a plastic case that made it look like a normal iPhone 3G. With the protective cover removed, however, it looked far different from any of its predecessors.
It looks exactly the same as what Engadget presented yesterday, only this time, it's been photographed and captured in video in much better quality. Too bad there are no screenshots because Apple purportedly killed the phone remotely before Gizmodo was able to play around with it. The person who found it said that it was allegedly running on the new iPhone OS 4 even before it was previewed earlier this month.
Gizmodo editor Jason Chen cites several reasons he believes this is the real deal, and the most compelling one is when they received word (via John Gruber, no less) that Apple has indeed lost an iPhone 4 prototype and that they want it back.
Chen also had the guts to check out the guts of the new phone and the components he and his team saw were marked "APPLE." They believe that no faker would go through all the trouble to include genuine Apple parts in a spoof unit. He mentioned the following new features are present in the new iPhone:
- 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's)
- Improved display. It's unclear if it's the 960x640 screen 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
Design-wise, the iPhone 4 is flat, and its back is made of a glass/glass-like material, which Chen speculates is a move that would help improve Wi-Fi- and carrier-signal sensitivity. It's 3 grams heavier than the iPhone 3GS at 140g, and it measures 114.3x58.67x9.4mm.
This slip-up by an Apple employee might cost him/her his job (if it hasn't already), but that's to be expected especially when you're dealing with Steve.
What proof do you still need?: Apple's letter to Gizmodo