Apple’s next generation iPhone will most likely be announced towards the end of June, but the guys from Gizmodo already have their hands on a pre-production unit. The new iPhone features a new industrial design, improved camera with flash, a second forward-facing camera, a higher resolution display and larger battery.
What appears to be a fourth-generation iPhone was supposedly lost and found in a bar in Redwood City, Calif. and offered for sale to Engadget. The management of Engadget passed, but Gizmodo appears to have purchased the lost device. While it may sound far-fetched to find an Apple secret at your local pub, Redwood City is just up the highway from Apple’s headquarters. The new iPhone was disguised to look like an iPhone 3GS, but it became clear this was something different once the case was removed.
I’m not a legal expert, but I’m pretty sure it’s against the law to buy or sell knowingly lost/stolen property. I’m sure Apple’s lawyers are already over this as it will put a serious crimp in the unveiling of the new iPhone.
The new iPhone’s industrial design has squared edges and flat surfaces. This is a nice refresh of the somewhat tired design of the iPhone 3GS.
All three iPhone models (original, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS) share an identical display. The three previous iPhone models were all identical in appearance from the front. The next generation iPhone’s display is smaller, but is of a higher quality and resolution. The Gizmodo team couldn’t see the new iPhone in action as it was remote locked by the time it reached them.
The new iPhone’s battery is 16% larger than the battery found in the iPhone 3GS. This is a welcome improvement considering many iPhone users are dissatisfied with battery performance .
The SIM card is no longer on the top of the iPhone, but on its side. Like the iPad 3G, the new iPhone uses a mini SIM slot. This will make it all but impossible to jailbreak next-generation iPhones for use with networks other than AT&T’s in the US.
The camera lens is much larger than the one found on previous iPhone models, which should mean improved image quality. There’s also an LED flash, which means iPhone users will finally be able to shoot decent photos at night time or indoors.
At first glance, I was very skeptical whether the iPhone from the bar was authentic, but now I’m convinced. The editors from Gizmodo disassembled the new iPhone and found that its components were tightly packed together, as if it rolled off an assembly line. The iPhone acts like an iPhone when plugged into a Mac even though its components are markedly different from previous iPhone models. While I don’t particularly care for the methods used to bring the new iPhone to light, the blog’s editors did an excellent job in documenting what I’ll most likely be buying in June.