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  • Is Chinese Fourth-Generation iPhone 'Midboard' Claim a Hoax?


    Images have surfaced of what a Chinese parts distributor claims is a fourth-generation iPhone midboard. If you're thinking "Why would Apple do business with anyone who openly leaks such sensitive info?" you're not alone. As a result, many are reluctant to believe what they are seeing.

    From [ame="http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=813840"]MacRumors.com[/ame]:

    Gizmodo reports that Chinese parts supplier China Ontrade is offering an "Apple iPhone 4 Generation Midboard", which the company claims it received from Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn on November 1st. The site also claims that it will be posting pictures of the back cover of the next-generation iPhone in the near future.
    Although the response to the allegedly authentic fourth generation midboard has been met with wide excitement, that reality is obviously born primarily of the natural excitement that would accompany the arrival of a 4G phone. But a lot of folks (myself included) have hoped for a sturdier, more durable case for the iPhone. If this turns out to be a relatively flimsy piece of plastic, the 4G could be even more delicate than the current offering, which has long been derided for the same problem.

    Assuming the pics are legit, we'll know more in the very near future about about the next generation iPhone.
    The Chinese parts maker has promised a slate of new photos of the iPhone 4G and its "amazingly beautiful back cover."

    The same company last week posted what it claims to be a SIM card tray from the fourth-generation iPhone, although the site also referred to the device as an "iTablet", suggesting that the tray could be from Apple's much-rumored tablet project rather than the iPhone.
    Many will certainly dissect these images and reports in great detail over the coming days. But, as our friends at MacRumors similarly concluded, this report out of China should be taken with a grain of salt. In the past, dubious reports about subsequent generations of the iPhone have proven blatantly fabricated or, at the very least, seriously exaggerated.

    Consequently, it remains to be seen whether this latest part is in fact from a next-generation iPhone, which would be a significant surprise this early before an expected launch next summer, or if it is from some other device.
    Image via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is Chinese Fourth-Generation iPhone 'Midboard' Claim a Hoax? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. shabz_de_don's Avatar
      shabz_de_don -
      wow sounds interesting... im wondering are they really legit... id really wanna see how the iphone 4g altogether looks like
    1. Chberain85's Avatar
      Chberain85 -
      what's next? what's on the back of this "new iPhone" a removeable battery??
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      I was a test engineer for a major fortune 500 company (WAS, THANKS ECONOMY, OUTSOURCING)!
      I went to China 2 years ago to assist with the bone pile of broken boards, etc...

      My point, their products were the exact motherboards of many big name entities...Cisco, Lucent, etc..they simply reverse engineered them and stuck their name on them...I would take anything coming out of China with a huge bag of salt!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Honestly, I love my original iPhone more than the other 2 in my avatar.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Im not going to put any eggs in this basket. On the other hand it is great publicity for apple. The fact that a 4G iphone MIGHT be in the works and we are getting "spy" shots of components is only hype for the fruity overlord...
    1. nikeunltdPanda's Avatar
      nikeunltdPanda -
      if it was carbon fiber, i will be impressed.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I really doubt that any of that is true. I think they're just trying to get attention. Apple wouldn't let them show pictures along with a comment that they'll show the back cover soon without taking some action, even if they are "spy photos". I guess there's a small chance that all of this is to build up hype for the phone but I really doubt it.
    1. silent1643's Avatar
      silent1643 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I really doubt that any of that is true. I think they're just trying to get attention. Apple wouldn't let them show pictures along with a comment that they'll show the back cover soon without taking some action, even if they are "spy photos". I guess there's a small chance that all of this is to build up hype for the phone but I really doubt it.
      100% agree with this
      Even if it is fake Apple will more than likely just not comment on it to build up the hype
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      "Is Chinese Fourth-Generation iPhone 'Midboard' Claim a Hoax?"

      Does it really matter? Even if it really is part of the 4th gen iPhone, it tells us nothing about it.

      LOOK EVERYONE! I found a wire that goes in the 4th gen iPhone. Everyone get excited!
    1. Daughain's Avatar
      Daughain -
      And, then there is the chinese knock-off, the myphone. Of which a midget version is already on the market.
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      To bad those mainboard holes dont go through the back of the phone so you can have battery access .

      LISTEN UP APPLE ,WE KNOW YOUR MONITORING THIS FORUM !

      Give the people what they want already.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Never seen a page like this on the "news" before!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I hope they don't put out another iPhone next summer.
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      I hope they don't put out another iPhone next summer.
      I hope they do I love my gadgets.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      Were talking about iPhone 4G already..I feel like my 3GS is out date already..
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      I hope they don't put out another iPhone next summer.
      1. You're crazy.

      2. They will.

      3. You're crazy!

      4. <- not important

      5. I'm getting it!
    1. xwinger's Avatar
      xwinger -
      after all the iphone 3GS rumours that didnt happen, im never believing any of these rumours again
    1. Boker's Avatar
      Boker -
      Quote Originally Posted by gthugballin View Post
      I hope they do I love my gadgets.
      I hope they don't all this 2 year contract stuff and if they leave At&t. to much to think about.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by pacmac View Post
      Were talking about iPhone 4G already..I feel like my 3GS is out date already..
      HAHA...YES! thats exactly how i felt after i bought my 3G....when the 3G[s] came out....gAAAHHHed


      i hope they make the construction sturdy like the 2G again...ive never liked the flimsyness of the 3G....

      so am i just not a big enough geek here?? what on earth is this midboard supposed to tell me about this new iphone...if anything
      ?
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      you know its real if someone from this company who would have access to anything new iphone related shows up dead somewhere like the chinese guy who "misplaced" the iphone a few months back before it was on the market!