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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. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      T-Mobile already has Micro SIM technology... so maybe they can program a micro SIM to work with the new iPhone.

      Lok8u and T-Mobile First to Bring Micro 3FF SIM Cards to U.S. M2M Market - Yahoo! Canada Finance
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      The one to the right in this pic is the Micro SIM.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Everything seems to be just what the doctor ordered, but since the first gen, I've always wanted 2 speakers on the bottom for real stereo. I'm sure they could easily put a mic next to one of them.
    1. George Lopez's Avatar
      George Lopez -
      Oh so now its not hideous anymore? U que la chi...
    1. Prox's Avatar
      Prox -
      All I'm hoping for is not such a high price upgrade I'd upgrade my 3gs to this when it comes out my 3gs is still new got it about 2 months ago.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      OK.. lets say this iPhone is legit with the following improvements:
      1. Front facing cam
      2. At least a 1Ghz processor
      3. Good camera on back with a flash
      4. Awesome screen resolution
      5. iPhone OS 4.0 with all the newest features.

      Is there another phone currently on the market that beats it? The only thing it doesn't have is flash (of course). But i think all this stuff puts it out in front compared to all the other "iPhone killer" phones out there.
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      wait so no one has really answered this question fully, why can't they get it to turn on? or have they already?
      and im not talking about the 'connect to iTunes'
    1. Prox's Avatar
      Prox -
      @poseidon agreed there were phones that beat out the 3gs but now they have nothing on the iPhone 4G it beats anything. But now after all companies see this someone is gonna try to out beat it.
    1. mbeezy81's Avatar
      mbeezy81 -
      I don't like the look of this phone..Maybe becuz I'm used too the rounded back and denying any change other than the internal features like processor speed and RAM..please don't let this be the final look!!
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by igarza View Post
      ching chang chong.

      Let me translate: Chinese knock-off



      It looks interesting, although it doesnt make sense (to me at least) to change the overall shape of the phone - it doesn't look nearly as interesting as sleek as the 3G/3GS. I wonder how much more this will cost at launch than the last models. with a front facing cam and flash on board, I'd expect the lowest model to be sold at 299 (under contract).

      @Poseidon - Feature wise this iteration of the phone is the truth. But from a UI standpoint, if iPhone OS 4.0 still feels like the older verions, I would still take Sense over this. iPhone's interface is 4 years old and it is absolutely showing its age. Still smooth, but but dated nonetheless.
    1. rampagebegins's Avatar
      rampagebegins -
      I honestly love the style of this iPhone.. If this is what is to come then I will be glass to switch carriers unless they go verizonwireless :]
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kil0111 View Post
      wait so no one has really answered this question fully, why can't they get it to turn on? or have they already?
      and im not talking about the 'connect to iTunes'
      It was functional and running OS 4.0 at first. Apple remotely wiped the phone and they can turn it on with "connect to iTunes". iTunes recognizes it but they can't even restore it since the iPhone OS for this model doesn't rally exist in the wild or in iTunes yet.
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      any cpu or RAM specs? because a nice set of specs is the only thing that will make me buy one, ive been holding off from buying a 3gs for ages to wait for this and then they bring out... that? really? tbh i hate it and i am gonna b SO SO SO SO SO SO SOOOOOOOOO dissapointed if that is it
    1. berry_lthird's Avatar
      berry_lthird -
      I hate to burst everyone's bubble, buuuutttt......those images have been "shopped". I am an expert with Photoshop and I can tell instantly when an image has been altered. Especially from the back where the FCC information has been visually augmented.

      The phone itself looks like a Nokia or even a Sony Ericsson. But I can guarantee you it's not an iPhone.
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      ^^ lol it's not photoshopped. Some expert u are
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      It was functional and running OS 4.0 at first. Apple remotely wiped the phone and they can turn it on with "connect to iTunes". iTunes recognizes it but they can't even restore it since the iPhone OS for this model doesn't rally exist in the wild or in iTunes yet.
      makes more sense to me now, but even with the OS wiped from the phone itself, wouldnt there be some way to put the 4.0b thats released now? i mean considering the fact that some dev's did find traces of iChat running in the background of the new beta OS, clearly meant for this phone gen. and which would only add another reason to believe that this 'found' phone is legit.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by berry_lthird View Post
      I hate to burst everyone's bubble, buuuutttt......those images have been "shopped". I am an expert with Photoshop and I can tell instantly when an image has been altered. Especially from the back where the FCC information has been visually augmented.

      The phone itself looks like a Nokia or even a Sony Ericsson. But I can guarantee you it's not an iPhone.
      What about the 3 or 4 VIDEOS? lol Are those all photoshopped frame by frame?

      Quote Originally Posted by Kil0111 View Post
      makes more sense to me now, but even with the OS wiped from the phone itself, wouldnt there be some way to put the 4.0b thats released now? i mean considering the fact that some dev's did find traces of iChat running in the background of the new beta OS, clearly meant for this phone gen. and which would only add another reason to believe that this 'found' phone is legit.
      There are 3 versions of the iPhone OS available. 1,1... 1,2... and 2,1 which are the iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. In order for you to be able to restore the newest iPhone you'd have to get your hands on a 2,2 (or 3,1) version of OS 4.0. You can't load a 3GS firmware onto a 2G, 3G o4 in this case a "4G" iPhone.
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kil0111 View Post
      makes more sense to me now, but even with the OS wiped from the phone itself, wouldnt there be some way to put the 4.0b thats released now? i mean considering the fact that some dev's did find traces of iChat running in the background of the new beta OS, clearly meant for this phone gen. and which would only add another reason to believe that this 'found' phone is legit.
      You cannot do that as the UDID would need to be verified with Apple server. You have to be Apple Dev to even try this.(or be on Dev list) Who would risk even trying it. Also how to you get the UDID if it is not shown in iTunes?
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      ahh okay, was just curious as to the fact that itunes recognizes it. But that should be enough proof that this phone is a legitimate iphone, correct?
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by berry_lthird View Post
      I hate to burst everyone's bubble, buuuutttt......those images have been "shopped". I am an expert with Photoshop and I can tell instantly when an image has been altered. Especially from the back where the FCC information has been visually augmented.

      The phone itself looks like a Nokia or even a Sony Ericsson. But I can guarantee you it's not an iPhone.
      Ok "EXPERT" tell me how you'd photoshop all these videos:

      This Is Apple's Next iPhone - Iphone 4 - Gizmodo