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  • "Barroom iPhone" Disassembled: Looks Legit
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxbHCR-W8zc]YouTube - Gizmodo: This Is Apple's Next iPhone[/ame]

    The plot thickens.

    A supposed fourth-generation iPhone somehow made its way to Jason Chen of Gizmodo, with the story that it was found on the floor of a bar in either San Jose or Redwood City. Others claim it is an "open secret" that Chen bought the device from someone who stole it from Apple a week ago. However he came by it, once Chen had his hands on the device he did what any self-respecting modder would do: he took it apart. And what he found - components with Apple logos silkscreened on them, normal iTunes and System Profiler behavior (though with unique identifiers for any existing phone) - convinced him that this is the real deal.

    As has long been rumored, the fourth-generation iPhone has a front-facing video chat camera. The rear-case camera lens is larger than the one on the iPhone 3GS, and there is a flash. The device uses a Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM, and apparently a glass or ceramic back. The display is apparently much improved. Chen said he couldn't figure out the resolution of the screen because he couldn't get past the "Connect to iTunes" icon: Apple had apparently remotely bricked the phone when they found out it was missing, but he says it was "impossible to discern individual pixels." The phone also has separate buttons for volume-up and volume-down that are metallic, as are the power and mute buttons. Chen also reports a secondary mic by the headphone jack that he believes is used for noise cancellation.

    They found that the device had a fit and finish that convinced them it couldn't possibly be a fake. The kicker, though: John Gruber of Daring Fireball got word through one of his contacts at Apple that a prototype iPhone has gone missing... "and they want it back."

    Click through to Gizmodo for the pics.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "Barroom iPhone" Disassembled: Looks Legit started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 196 Comments
    1. joelchoy's Avatar
      joelchoy -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      Without a Front-Facing Camera, it's hard for me to think this is legit. I don't see one in the vid or the pics so I call fake. Not to mention 84GIG wtf?
      there's a front facing camera. check gizmodo
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      No biggie I'll wait till jobs
      in his blujeans unveils it.... The designs nt bad bt the
      whole ^leak^ looks weird.to me
    1. Quote's Avatar
      Quote -
      I'm on T-Mobile so a little worried about the micro sim. Outside of that i love the look, it seems a tad bit more solid,professional and industry standard. Hey its real to me until proven fake :-)
    1. ebrunn's Avatar
      ebrunn -
      I love the case try put it in to make it look like a 3GS.

      Hate the microsim though.
    1. mavrik101's Avatar
      mavrik101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      Sorry T-Mobile folks. Looks like apple is boxing you out once and for all.
      Nope. Just gotta trim down your current sim.

      And not too fond of the look. Reminds me of the first Samsung Instinct.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      I said on my other post it was hideous but You know the pictures don't do it justice, it doesn't look that bad at all.
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      It definitely looks a lot more professional and less toy-like, now if only apple would upgrade the ui to reflect that...
    1. joelchoy's Avatar
      joelchoy -

      taken from tipb.com

      wondering why isnt it the apple logo like the other photos
    1. Joe270's Avatar
      Joe270 -
      I'm not digging the new iphone look. Hopefully the production version will look different.
    1. dazzastark's Avatar
      dazzastark -
      Alright people, let's all take a deep breath here.

      You "Believers" (as I will call you), have your hopes too high. Even if this is a prototype, it will not look the same. There was breifly a 3G Prototype on eBay before the 3GS was announced. It did not look the same as the final product AT ALL.

      The specs are believable. However they are exactly as what has been rumoured for months now! Get a grip.

      This is just an attempt to build hype so just calm the (beep) down and take a deep breath. Think to yourself. Does this thing look sleek and chic? No! And that photo's not apples style anymore! Get with it.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      The iPhone, being as market flushed as it is now, is going to look more adult... and you guys have an issue with it?

      Bring it Apple. Don't change a thing. Looks great.

      I've always believed this was an actual prototype... I thought the case MIGHT have been provisional only because of the way it looks. Now that I've read what Gizmodo said about the casing, and then more details in the actual case it was found in... I like it. Bring it.

      Fyi, I'm not a fanboy. Typing on my Non-OSX Vaio laptop right now.

      My two cents: The iPhone is looking more adult, and I like it.
    1. idesideratum's Avatar
      idesideratum -
      i'm leaning towards believing it... the only question is, why haven't they taken it apart to look at the CPU and RAM and such? Then we can really confirm if it's new or not...
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGarza View Post
      ching chang chong.

      let me translate: CHINESE KNOCK-OFF

      LMAO HAHAHA. I've yet to see this phone turned on running the OS.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
      meh, was hoping for a larger screen like the HD2.
      My friend has the HD2 and as beautiful as it is, I think a 4.3 screen is a little big. I will however take a 4"!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Definitely real. It was running OS 4.0 and iTunes recognized it as an iPhone. Fakes and knock offs don't run an iPhone OS and can't sync with iTunes. Finally that fact that every single component is finely fitted into this case and had Apple branded chips in it... means this will be the final shape. I for one LOVE it as it's thinner than the 3GS.
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      it doesn't matter what the new iPhone looks like in June / July..... I will still buy one. ;-)
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      The fact that it doesn't have that ridiculous chrome bezel that gets beat to hell and scratched up is the best thing about the new design!
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      I am confused. I have checked out Gizmodo, Engadget, and MMI. I believe on Engadget the pics they have showed the back can be removed and the new iPhone will have a removeable battery. Is that the new iPhone or was that the one that was said to be a iClone that had the removeable back and battery?
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      Also @ One1. Who said anything about Micro SD. It is a Micro SIM card. That is what the 3G iPad will also use. =)
    1. jwalkd9's Avatar
      jwalkd9 -
      I believe this to be legit and I want one. Good thing I got a 3G 2 years ago because I will be eligible to upgrade to this!!