Website Gizmodo.com has published an account of what they say is the newest model of the iPhone device, reportedly lost in a bar in California and found by someone tech-savvy enough to realize it wasn’t an iPhone 3G device, but something new and different.
And they’ve published photos and details of what they can tell is different about the upcoming version.
Their website lists several new enhancement about the device, including:
• 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
Obviously I was skeptical, but they make a compelling argument for why they think the device is the real deal. Allegedly, Apple has confirmed that a prototype was lost. The screen showed remarkable picture quality, which you wouldn’t get in some imitation. When plugged into a computer with iTunes, the software recognized the device (as did the System Profiler in Mac OS X.) And [also allegedly] the person who found it was able to play with it and enjoy the iPhone OS 4 firmware before the company remotely wiped the phone.
And most notably, when techies opened up the device, they found new components (in different shapes and sizes from the current iPhone configuration) that were all Apple hardware that was clearly made to fit in the new device.
There’s an entire gallery of photos, but for now, here are two gorgeous pics:
So what do you think? Are you as excited as I am?