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Next-gen iPhone photos, video show A4 chip, new screen

updated 08:00 am EDT, Wed May 12, 2010

2010 iPhone gets even more detail

A pair of surprise tests from Vietnamese sites have provided a slew of new details about the future iPhone, including video (shown below). Unlike the lost prototype, this version appears to be near or at final production and has a 16GB capacity that suggests Apple either has a low-end model planned or won't change storage. A higher resolution screen is also in evidence through an Apple engineering demo, but whether it's 960x640 or a lower density like 800x480 isn't known.

The phone no longer has the screws seen in the Apple engineering test build but still appears to be easier to open, as Taoviet had the opportunity to open the phone and not only revealed a similar internal layout to the earlier example but went so far as to reveal some of the chips. Its processor appears to be either the A4 itself or a close variant as it has the same chip markings as the processor in the iPad, just without the A4 logo. The phone is already known to be slightly narrower and thinner than the existing iPhone, but also taller to accommodate both the front camera and the larger battery.

Tinhte has tried docking the iPhone and confirmed that it needs iPhone 4.0 as iTunes didn't have the firmware to apply an update. The site did, however, manage to profile the hardware and spotted not only a Broadcom interface controller chip but a "built-in iSight," although whether that refers directly to the front camera isn't as clear.

The hands-on time with the more functional handsets still leaves some questions about the final production, such as its camera resolutions, how the expected video chat will work, and whether there will be higher capacities beyond 32GB. An Apple engineer's prototype had 80GB of storage but could have had extra storage for debugging.

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  1. bonaccij

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2003


    I gotta say

    I find it interesting that this is the second leak with this device. Though there are some interesting differences between this and the Gizmodo device, I'm just not buying the design. I'll probably eat my words later. This device, if designed by Apple, is one of their shoddiest designed pieces ever. I think it's really ugly. It looks more like an LG handset than an "Apple Designed" handset. I certainly don't think the design factor is as intriguing as the current 3G or 3Gs. It will be a difficult sell, for me, if this is a final product. And that is REALLY saying a lot.

  1. facebook_Terry

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    Joined: May 2010


    Looks very cool! This will be a great replacement

    your comment

  1. bigjimid

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    Joined: Feb 2009


    Im with you

    I see Motorola when I look at it. The only major elements that help it define itself as an Apple product are the home button, the logo on the back, and the large filleted corners. But then again, my phone has large filleted corner as well.

  1. snork

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    Joined: Feb 2008



    I like the overall design. The only part(s) I don't like are the 2 volume buttons. IMHO, the rocker type button design is much more elegant and intuitive. The circular buttons just don't jive with the square-ish, hard lines of the exterior.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: Nov 2006


    I like it

    I like this new design more that the old one. The round corner and edge look are getting outdated.... just like the old iMac versus the new iMac. This is a more desired direction and it looks sharp and sleek.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: Nov 2006



    the new look matches the rest of the Apple computer products.

  1. Commodus

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Feb 2002


    Don't knock it until you've tried it

    Golden rule: everyone who screams a design is "ugly" pre-release are usually the first to say they like it when they get it themselves.

    Besides, the best way to think of it is as a Braun-like design (people have already cited Dieter Rahms as a favourite influence of Jonathan Ive). Minimalism is good.

  1. mattlisowe

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2008


    Volume Buttons

    My neighbors rocker button on his ipod touch completely fell off. This may be the reason Apple redesigned it into two buttons. Since Apple completely removed any contour, I think it may make the iPhone less comfortable to hold in the hand. The original iPhone was more square and then more contoured with the 3G model. It doesn't really surprise me however that they would go for looks because at times Apple really struggles with form vs function. All of this of course is based on leaked photos they may not be the actual model.

  1. Eldernorm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2007


    never runs

    Notice how the unit is never run. It just sits there with that odd screen. Sounds like this might be an Apple rip off that is marketed in Asia.

    Just a thought,

  1. chotty

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003


    Agree w/ Elderhorn

    Chinese knock-off. And besides, what good Communist would want to be seen in public flaunting such a n iconic, capitalist tool as the iPhone?! - *with the Bee Gees playing in the background, no less. ;-)

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