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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnz8iw1--1c]YouTube - iPHONE 4G REVEALED! UP CLOSE[/ame]

    Gizmodo has added to their growing treasure trove of next-gen iPhone info, gossip and photos with this nice slow-motion video of the device's case. It definitely looks better in these images than it did originally. Gone is the curved back case (which reportedly reduced WiFi transmission) in place of a flat panel possibly made of a special ceramic that's invisible to radio waves. It looks - unexpected - but I'm already getting used to it.

    Is this a publicity stunt, a theft, or a legitimate journalistic scoop? Who knows? I do wish the guys at Gizmodo had put a little more effort into dissecting it if they really had their hands on it without Apple's permission. I'd like to know what kind of processor this thing has and whether it's got CDMA capability. Why not tear it apart, if you paid five large for it?

    Put it this way: if Apple doesn't sue, then something's fishy here. But I still really hope the kid keeps his job, either way.

    Thanks to Waseem Hammoud for the heads-up!
    video via Gizmodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 4th Gen iPhone pr0nz started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 120 Comments
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      I like the little android thing on the table in the vid. I want one! (the plastic not the iphone lolz)

      woah rx2mazda u beat me too it! I just read your post lol. crazy
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      This is what we wanted: front facing camera, better rear camera (larger lens at least and with a flash), higher resolution screen (so Giz claims), new design (many of us have wanted something different than the 3G/3Gs shell), it's even thinner than the 3G/3Gs, and no doubt bodes a newer processor and overall spec list. This is freaking awesome. Huge upgrade. The only issue I see is that the aluminum (or some other metal) border and glass front and ceramic back don't align perfectly, but something tells me this will get remedied prior to launch. I don't know about you guys, but I'm looking forward to this upgrade.
    1. nora47's Avatar
      nora47 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      Apple said themselves that the iPad is not locked.
      talking about new iphone if a regular sim fitted as a microsim would work, not ipad
    1. edwardcurt01's Avatar
      edwardcurt01 -
      this can't possibly be real. aren't there 100's of apple lovers that watch the USPO and FCC's every move waiting for something about apple to pop up? the back of this "iPhone" has an FCC approval label on it...

      remember when the 3 iphones and the ipad were released? there was a disclaimer on all commercials/adds/websites saying:

      "This device has not been approved for use by the FCC and cannot be sold or distributed"
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I think someone looked closer at it and seen the FCC numbers are actually Xs. So they are just using it as a design filler.

      That was the first thing I thought when I seen it was FCC number with all the FCC watchers.
    1. nahzd's Avatar
      nahzd -
      Gizmodo paid $10,000 for “lost” iPhone 4G
      Mon, Apr 19, 2010Featured, News
      The Internet is abuzz today with Gizmodo’s hands on preview of what appears to be Apple’s next-gen iPhone. In case you missed the build-up to the story, someone found a cased iPhone on the floor of a bar in Redwood City. From the outside, the device appeared to be an iPhone 3GS, but upon removing the device from its specially designed case, it was clear that this was no ordinary iPhone. Rather, it appeared to be Apple’s next-gen iPhone. Found. In the wild. A solid two months before anyone expected to see pictures of it.
      In other words, this was the motherload of all Apple scoops.
      The individual who found the iPhone sent pictures of the device to Engadget, but it was Gizmodo who scored big by actually obtaining the iPhone itself. It’s been reported by in-the-know Apple blogger John Gruber that Apple considered said iPhone “stolen”, and was keen on getting it back.
      But with Gizmodo’s report blowing up the Internet today, the cat is out of the bag. At the time of this writing, Gizmodo’s story alone is bordering on 2.5 million page views [Edit: it's now pushing 4 million pageviews as of early Tuesday morning].
      Now word is leaking out that Gizmodo paid a cool 10 grand for the iPhone prototype, which all things considered, seems like a bargain given Apple’s typically tight rein on product leaks.
      Update: Apple Legal sends letter to Gizmodo asking them to return iPhone 4G
      $10,000 has undeniably diverted a ton of eyeballs to Gizmodo’s site, and the surge in web traffic probably has Gizmodo editors jumping for joy. But you have to wonder if Gizmodo, in the grand scheme of things, tarnished their “relationship” with Apple for a short term spike in pageviews.
      Think about it - Steve Jobs is probably livid right now, and what are the odds that Gizmodo, going forward, gets invited to Apple’s always popular “special events.” And what are the odds now that Gizmodo will get a review unit of the upcoming iPhone 4G? Though, to be fair, they apparently already have one.
      On another note, there has been talk about Apple legal going after Gizmodo, but that doesn’t seem plausible for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the damage has already been done. The pictures and information gleaned from Gizmodo’s hands-on have already been dispersed into the ether of the Internet. If Apple demanded Gimzodo remove its detailed post, it would a) confirm that the device is, in fact, the next-gen iPhone and b) ultimately have no effect whatsoever given that hundreds, if not thousands, of other websites have already copied and pasted the pertinent information.
      Second, it’s hard to see how exactly Apple could go after Gizmodo from a legal standpoint. Word is that Gizmodo purchased the device last week, but it’s unclear if Apple was aware of the exchange, and if so, if Apple sent a legal warning to Gizmodo not to publicize the device. But even if Apple did deliver a legal warning, Gizmodo ostensibly didn’t coerce an Apple employee into handing over a top secret prototype. Rather, Giz simply paid top dollar to a guy who found a different looking iPhone on the floor of a bar. From that vantage point, there’s not much illegality involved.
      Matt in the comments directs us to this entry on lost/stolen property from Wikipedia:
      Property is generally deemed to have been mislaid or misplaced if it is found in a place where the true owner likely did intend to set it, but then simply forgot to pick it up again. For example, a wallet found in a shop lying on a counter near a cash register will likely be deemed misplaced rather than lost. Under common law principles, the finder of a misplaced object has a duty to turn it over to the owner of the premises, on the theory that the true owner is likely to return to that location to search for his misplaced item. If the true owner does not return within a reasonable time (which varies considerably depending on the circumstances), the property becomes that of the owner of the premises
      That said, it would seem that Apple’s legal beef lies more so with individual who sold the device than Gizmodo. Either way, going after Giz or the dude who’s now $10,000 richer would attract a wave of bad publicity that Apple would, we would guess, much rather do without.
      Update: A comment from Hacker News directs us to this section of the California Penal Code:
      One who finds lost property under circumstances which give him knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner, and who appropriates such property to his own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto, without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property to him, is guilty of theft.
      The question, then, is if the legal responsibility of the original “finder” is transferred over to the party who acquires said property. We’re guessing that it does. Also, remember that Gawker was previously served with a cease and desist letter from Apple back in early January for offering $50,000 for pre-release photos or videos of the iPad and $100,000 for actual hands-on time with the device.
      And if that weren’t enough to chew on, Gawker managing editor Nick Denton sent out the following tweet earlier this afternoon:
      For people who want to know the backstory to Gizmodo’s iPhone exclusive, it’s coming. And it’s a corker.
      Update x2: Gizmodo exposes identity of Apple engineer who lost the iPhone at the bar
      Update x3: Gawker editor Nick Denton said that the company paid $5,000 for the device, with some reports claiming that additional fees were to be paid if certain traffic goals were met
      Update x4: There’s something off about Gizmodo’s telling of how they received the iPhone
    1. nora47's Avatar
      nora47 -
      $10 says the reason Gizmodo hasn’t published a photo of the display (w/ Connect to iTunes screen) is that they broke it taking it apart.- john gruber twitter

      answer to no screenshot
    1. unoimkll's Avatar
      unoimkll -
      Ok this might sound pointless but i have a source who can say with 95% confidence that the 4G WILL look VERY similar to this phone.

      Believe me or not (not expecting people to) but thought someone might understand my situation.
    1. ModJoe's Avatar
      ModJoe -
      uuh, it's such a long time to Begin of July
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by RelentlessDan View Post
      you guys just lap up anything people throw your way.
      hold back five seconds!

      heres a few points!:

      1 ) all prototypes are bolted to a desk in a lab in apple - FACT
      2 ) all important documents / objects are SEALED behind locked doors and safes where the codes change every few minutes
      3 ) the HQ is closely guarded
      4 ) how would "Grey" ever manage to take the iphone prototype, slip it into his pocket and walk out!
      5 ) giz changed stories - first they found it, next they bought it
      6 ) no lawsuit from apple?

      also, just take a look at the pic on giz's site. ill tell you that the 3gs next to this is much sexier, and if anything looks NEWER than the 4g.

      square is not the way forward.

      i could forge a letter like that aswell...

      micro-sim is not the way forward either! ill stick to the well known, well used sim card in my phone. this way i can choose who i want to have as my carrier. and when the world moves on to micro sim, ill buy an adapter just like the MicroSD one, SIMPLE!
      You talk like you've worked at apple. What a joke really. If they have to test reception for a new sim card of course they need someone to do it outside the labs. And why is everyone screaming lawsuit lmao? They did nothing illegal.

      And this new design is better although its not final. We finally get everything we wanted. Was started to get bored of the iPhone.
    1. undisputedfb's Avatar
      undisputedfb -
      am i the only one that noticed the microsoft pen, and the lil droid robot?
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      ^nope that was my favorite part of the vid. droid keychain is much cooler to me than the butt ugly new design. cept the front cam is nice... and if the one on the back isnt 8 megapixels and 720p HD video with a 1ghz processor and 820 x 480 oled screen then Im getting myself more than just a droid keychain (: [htc evo 4g]
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      You talk like you've worked at apple. What a joke really. If they have to test reception for a new sim card of course they need someone to do it outside the labs. And why is everyone screaming lawsuit lmao? They did nothing illegal.

      And this new design is better although its not final. We finally get everything we wanted. Was started to get bored of the iPhone.
      There have been several articles and write ups about how Apple hides it stuff. Hell even one that I read in wired mag was about how Jobs has a room in his house that nobody inculding his wife and kids are not allowed into that he has prototypes in when he does stuff at home.
    1. chuckiecheese's Avatar
      chuckiecheese -
      It looks like it already has an anti glare screen protector and also a skin protector on the back!! Funny how someone has already made this when the phone isn't even out yet!
    1. beaner4sho's Avatar
      beaner4sho -
      eh.. i dont believe this.. it may just b just to hype things up. and if i am right then they r doing a great job at it. i love the design tho. i prefer that than the design we currently have. so yep! cant wait for the REAL 4g comes out. i think this is an imposter
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      You need to stop showing that prototype off as the 4G iPhone. It's a test unit. They are typically quite expensive to build (given the low volume) and nothing's been finalized so far as we know. Gizmodo's claim of higher resolution is total bull **** if that is indeed the real iPhone 4G. There are no 960x640 res screens out there at that size, or anywhere near that size. Someone is full of **** or lying. No display tech of that pixel density exists in wide production, nor will it by June. In all likelihood this was just a unit concept for testing the internals and nothing final on the design, regardless of the custom 3G/s case it was hidden in. Just because the SoC and all communication hardware is present doesn't mean this is what we'll get in June. Bear in mind on the iPad, iPhone apps are pixel doubled. The only resolution that would be possible on is 960x640. Perhaps the final unit will have a larger screen with a higher res, say 800x480 and simply center the current apps on the screen like they do on the iPad, but using 1:1 instead of pixel doubling. If that's the case then this unit should have a larger screen, say 4.0 - 4.3". Far more likely is that guy at Gizmodo is lying about pixel density having changed. Same old 480x320, sorry guys.
    1. milesneptune's Avatar
      milesneptune -
      cool i think this is real
    1. flipto's Avatar
      flipto -

    1. soderberg's Avatar
      soderberg -
      apple might change to another option
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      I like it and am ready to upgrade now...woohoo, bring it on baby!