Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Apple's Next iPhone?

Gizmodo has video showing the G4 Apple iPhone allegedly found lost in a bar in Redwood City camouflaged to look like a 3GS.
What's new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It's unclear if it's the 960x640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the "Connect to iTunes" screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What's changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery
What they don't report is how much memory was in the 4G.

Here's the detailed story about how the iPhone 4G was lost and found. Plenty of people are skeptical about this story and many assume it was abandoned on purpose for free publicity in the geek world.

Here's the letter from Apple claiming the 4G.

Of course, I will buy the next iPhone the day it's released.

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