All iPhone and Gadgets sites are all worked up about the “iPhone Found in a Bar in Redwood City”. First Engadget thought it was the real next gen iPhone, later they said it was just a simple Japanese knock-off, and now Gizmodo said they are sure it’s the real thing. They said they already got their hands on the device since one week and disassembled it to find out what it really was. Unfortunately they cant boot the device because Apple remotely killed the phone before they got access to it, Apple also want the prototype back. Gizmodo uploaded movies, pictures and details of the device that you can see and read after the break.
“Apple-connected John Gruber – from Daring Fireball – says that Apple has indeed lost a prototype iPhone and they want it back: So I called around, and I now believe this is an actual unit from Apple – a unit Apple is very interested in getting back.” DaringFireBall
After Gizmodo investigated and disassembled the device they released some details about the iPhone:
• 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 960×640 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
• 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
For way more details take a look at Gizmodo’s full review.