Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The next iPhone leaked! iPhone 4G

If you haven't heard of this by now you will soon get the whole gist of it. Yesterday, during my usual morning readings, Gizmodo had announced that they had the next-gen iPhone, the 4G on hand and were posting an exclusive review the best they could. How did they get the next-gen iPhone?

Well the story goes something like this... Someone (who works for Apple) went to a bar to have a few drinks. I guess that after a few drinks and most likely in a very pissed state, they accidentally left the phone behind by mistake. Now a fellow kool-aid drinker noticed this and so picked up the phone to return to the rightful owner not knowing that it's actually the iPhone 4G that he had picked up.

After several attempts were made to Apple to return the phone and with no avail, somehow the phone landed in Gizmodo's lap and thus the review was given. If you want to check out more details on the actual review, head over to Gizmodo for the full low-down.

Personal note: From the images and videos shown over at Gizmodo, the next iPhone certainly looks pretty sweet and I can't wait for release day.

What's new

• 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 960x460 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

What's changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) 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

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