Apple's fourth-generation iPhone may have escaped captivity into the hands of the tech press.
Gadget bloggers Gizmodo claim they not only have images of a real-deal iPhone 4G, but the actual device itself. And to prove it, they've posted an elaborate essay showing off original photos, video and a lengthy justification for why, yes, this iPhone is indeed the real McCoy:
You are looking at Apple's next iPhone. It was found lost in a Bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. We got it. We disassembled it. It's the real thing, and here are all the details.
According to editor Jason Chen, this found iPhone is real -- and not an Asian-originated fake, as Engadget's readers had claimed when it first published photos last week -- for the following reasons:
- Apple has reported a lost 4G device
- The screen is higher resolution
- The operating system was not anything currently on the market
- It uses micro-SIM, an as-yet-unadopted standard
- It was found in a case that was engineered to make it look like a 3GS
- It accurately reflects what would be done at this point in the production cycle
There are more reasons, but that's the gist of it.
What's perhaps most shocking is the (claimed) new iPhone's industrial design, which is a departure from the curvy, tapered plastic of the last three models. The flat, metal-trimmed design evokes more of the current line of MacBook Pros, though it's not fully metal.
(Chen wonders: "But why the black plastic back, instead of going with an unibody aluminum design?" My guess: all that metal wreaks havoc on the phone's ability to send and receive signals.)
My gut is telling me this is the real deal. What do you think -- legit, or fake?
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