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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. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      EDIT: I misread what you typed. Yeah I guess that it would be kinda dumb for Apple to sue, but according to the DaringFireball guy Gizmodo bought it off the person and that could be construed as receving stolen property. THAT is a very dumb move an Gizmodos part is what I was getting at. The legal trouble they could get in would be very deep and they can't fight Apples legal team I don't think.
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rubayed View Post
      I respect whatever reason u have to believe that the account is fake but sadly u r wrong! Its commonly known to all apple people that its his account. Perhaps u r late in this but google a bit n u'll know its his genuine account
      lol, i did search before i posted..i can't seem to find a clear answer wether or not this is authentic. Care to help?
    1. iGarza's Avatar
      iGarza -
      i saw that same one on a Chinese knockoff site.
      im sure its fake. As secretive as apple is about these things, no one would take it to a bar and accidentally forget it

      the parts inside this thing do say apple but so do fake rolex's when you buy them from knockoff sites.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I don't know, it's fugly - a definite retrograde step, style (?) over substance. A phone is held in the hand, sharp edges are not something I'd want to hold.

      Real? I don't know. Do I like it? No.
    1. rubayed's Avatar
      rubayed -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kil0111 View Post
      lol, i did search before i posted..i can't seem to find a clear answer wether or not this is authentic. Care to help?
      Frankly Ive never even entertained the thought of that twitter account being fake, been blindly following it for quite a while n he has fairly decent things to say consistent with his life as a CEO of apple but now come to think of it after reading ur comment and after googling some myself, i must humbly admit my friend I'm not too sure myself whether its a real account or not! U could b right,,,my apologies!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      then don't buy one. everyone else in the world will be buying one though. personally i love the look of the back, very slick looking.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by idigit View Post
      Is this a "varified" Twitter account? I don't see it, looking again now...
      Steve Jobs (ceoSteveJobs) on Twitter

      Edit: This makes me think this is all fake
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGarza View Post
      i saw that same one on a Chinese knockoff site.
      im sure its fake. As secretive as apple is about these things, no one would take it to a bar and accidentally forget it

      the parts inside this thing do say apple but so do fake rolex's when you buy them from knockoff sites.
      Please post the link to this site so you may help others in here that feel the info on Gizmodo site is real. You can't just say "i saw that same one on a Chinese knockoff site." and not provide the link to the rest of us. The brain is a sponge. Like Johnny 5 said "Need more input!" Thanks
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      I personally dont like the overall shape of the iPhone. Im fine with a change of the back of the phone, but its too boxy and the buttons just fugly. Hopefully this prototype was an early one and they keep the features and dump the garbage design...
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rubayed View Post
      Frankly Ive never even entertained the thought of that twitter account being fake, been blindly following it for quite a while n he has fairly decent things to say consistent with his life as a CEO of apple but now come to think of it after reading ur comment and after googling some myself, i must humbly admit my friend I'm not too sure myself whether its a real account or not! U could b right,,,my apologies!
      it's all good, but when you think of it with all these releases and product management, i don't think the tycoon Jobs even has time to wipe his own *** let alone post revealing 'statements' on twitter. Such as:

      Verizon will get the iPhone sooner than you think.
      8:52 AM Apr 16th via Tweetie


      just something to be conscious about...lol
    1. squaresoft's Avatar
      squaresoft -
      Quote Originally Posted by JayWheelz View Post
      I think it looks fairly legit. I actually like the design more than the current versions. I think this could have been staged by Apple. Maybe they're looking to see what the public re-action will be about the slight re-design. I'll buy one when it's available.
      Don't think this is staged at the moment they must have sent the final design to china for assembly if they wanted to stage this they would have done it like january/february.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      Steve Jobs (ceoSteveJobs) on Twitter

      Edit: This makes me think this is all fake
      The Twitter is fake or it would be verified, but its hilarious to read! lol
    1. iGarza's Avatar
      iGarza -
      'iPhone 4' Is A Japanese Knockoff

      here's a site that posted the same phone with a different person handling
      it. there was also a Spanish site that confirmed it was from japan but who knows
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      well we still have to wait for the real thing,so i'm still sad i got to wait till june or july lol.
    1. theguy1429's Avatar
      theguy1429 -
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      I WANT JUNE NOW!
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      All other upgrades aside, I wish they would make the speaker properly loud on the next iPhone. I can't tell you how many times I've had my 3GS in my pocket and barely heard it ring at full volume. A coworker has a Razer V3 and his is extremely loud, the iPhone should be really loud too even if it's at only 3/4 volume. Every phone I've ever seen rings louder than the iPhone.
    1. Mike_7318's Avatar
      Mike_7318 -
      I really like the look of the case (minus the volume buttons). It makes the phone look much more professional and less of a toy. I like that the chrome is gone and the higher res will be nice (Although there is nothing wrong with the iphones current res)
    1. rubayed's Avatar
      rubayed -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kil0111 View Post
      it's all good, but when you think of it with all these releases and product management, i don't think the tycoon Jobs even has time to wipe his own *** let alone post revealing 'statements' on twitter. Such as:

      Verizon will get the iPhone sooner than you think.
      8:52 AM Apr 16th via Tweetie


      just something to be conscious about...lol
      Valid point, never thought of it that way,feeling kinda stupid! haha!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGarza View Post
      'iPhone 4' Is A Japanese Knockoff

      here's a site that posted the same phone with a different person handling
      it. there was also a Spanish site that confirmed it was from japan but who knows
      That link is via Macrumours and Macroumours now says:

      Update: These claims are fake.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGarza View Post
      'iPhone 4' Is A Japanese Knockoff

      here's a site that posted the same phone with a different person handling
      it. there was also a Spanish site that confirmed it was from japan but who knows
      That Spanish website actually retracted their statement a few hours after calling it a fake, but the news had already circulated...