In what could be the biggest Apple leak of all time, mega gadget blog Gizmodo has managed to get its hands on what is widely believed to be the highly-anticipated iPhone 4G (or at least a far-along prototype thereof) expected to launch in June.
As the story goes, the mysterious device was recovered from a bar in Redwood City, CA, perhaps by a tech-savvy Silicon Valley resident with enough sense to tip off the tech blogs. Only time will tell if Apple CEO Steve Jobs is running around Cupertino on a warpath or whether a brilliant hoax artist with a fetish for shiny Apple products is sitting in a windowless room surrounded by the glow of computer monitors and aluminum shavings, quietly laughing as the tech world buzzes with speculation. Either way, here is a quick rundown of what we think we know about the next generation of Apple's iconic iPhone.
Front-facing camera for video chat
Upgraded camera (on back)
Camera flash added
Improved display resolution (potentially 960x640)
16% larger battery
Secondary mic for noise cancellation
micro-SIM card slot (like iPad)
Boxier industrial design with entirely flat backing instead of iPhone-characteristic rounded backing
Aluminum border surrounding the side
Non-aluminum black backing
Separation between aluminum panels (detracting slightly from aesthetics)
Split buttons for volume control (possibly to function as dedicated camera button, shortcut keys)
Metallic power, mute and volume buttons
Slightly smaller but 3 grams heavier than iPhone 3GS
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