The web is going crazy today around what seems to be an incredible leak of the iPhone 4G; after some first pics published by Engadget yesterday, Gizmodo managed to put its hands on the actual device last week and apparently, this would be the real deal.
The storyThe story of this leak is somewhat incredible. Supposedly, the device was found by some guy on the floor of a bar in Redwood City. It was hidden in a case which made it look like a regular iPhone 3G(s). It was apparently in working condition at first, running iPhone OS 4.0, Apple deactivated it remotely soon after. The guy then apparently sold it to Gawker media, the Gizmodo owning company for either $10,000 or $5000 + a bonus depending on traffic. We don't know how legit the story is as many believe it was actually stolen from Cupertino. Unfortunately this is all we know for now. Is it possible? Well, I lost my iPhone in a bar once myself so these things can definitely happen, but on the other hand this is a freaking iPhone 4 and it's hard to believe in such an oversight. That brings me to believe in two possibilities; either it was stolen, or this could be a controlled leak from Apple who deliberately left it there and is turning into a big attention whore lately. The latest news is that Steve Jobs apparently just called Gizmodo to have his iPhone back, but we don't know more about it for now.
The FeaturesIn terms of hardware (they haven't managed to activate the phone), it's every fanboy's wish-list:
- Front-facing camera and improved back camera with flash
- Higher resolution display
- Extra microphone, probably for video chat and noise cancelation
DesignThe back is now flat and the device is going for a more squared look. On the inside, the component were shrunk to leave space for a bigger battery. I'm not an expert, but you can check out all the pictures they made to have a better idea. Or this youtube video:
Further, they took the phone partly apart and the component are labelled Apple which would confirm the authenticity of it.