updated 04:25 pm EST, Wed December 20, 2006
Convincing Apple Phone
Another illustration of Apple's greatly anticipated phone may show signs of legitimacy, according to an alleged leaked photo obtained by enthusiast site aMobileMe. The image, while far from confirmed, is remarkable for its consistency with Apple's current and projected interfaces. Notably, the design recalls previous patents issued to the computer company that are closely associated with the upcoming handset: the photo shares the rounded, aluminum body as well as a February 2nd patent for a square touchpad with gesture-based commands. The on-screen visuals also reflect Apple's fifth-generation iPod interface and would adapt the search function to text messaging.
More details and full images of the apparent leak can be found after the jump.
If legitimate, the image would signal a clear departure from the company's trademark click wheel interface in favor of a more generalized control scheme that shares responsibilities between a pad and a touchscreen.
The photo itself may help establish its origin, aMobileMe says. Resembling a product shot from Apple including the choices of font and style, the image contains the partial text "Setup note: This board should" at the bottom-right corner, suggesting early or incomplete marketing material yet to be released. The site author raises the possibility that the image may stem from an ad agency contracted to design the phone's promotional campaign.