Gizmodo snagged a prototype of what is almost certainly Apple’s next iteration of the iPhone, which an Apple software engineer lost at a bar. The site analyzed the phone and broke it down, but parent company Gawker may now face some legal hot water for trafficking in stolen property, having paid a thief $5,000 for the phone.
Here are the phone’s specs, according to Gizmodo:
â€¢ Front-facing video chat camera
â€¢ Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
â€¢ Camera flash
â€¢ Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
â€¢ Split buttons for volume
â€¢ Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic
â€¢ 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
â€¢ An aluminum border going completely around the outside
â€¢ Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
â€¢ Everything is more squared off
â€¢ 3 grams heavier
â€¢ 16% Larger battery
â€¢ Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery
If Apple holds form on past iPhone releases, this sucker could be out within a couple months, and possibly on other networks than AT&T, including Verizon. Anyone want to pick this one up for something much, much less than $5,000?
How Apple Lost the Next iPhone [Gizmodo]