updated 11:30 am EDT, Thu May 13, 2010
Next iPhone successfully running proper OS
(Update on French photo origins) One of the same Vietnamese sites responsible for discovering a different iPhone prototype has shown its device running iPhone 4.0. The phone appears to be working with both a cellular connection to GSM carrier VinaPhone and Wi-Fi turned on. The shot by Taoviet makes it difficult to tell if the screen is higher resolution, though even if so the public iPhone 4.0 betas may not support the higher pixel count to avoid giving away a hardware secret.
The achievement is unusual but may be a reflection of the particular hardware. One Apple tipster for Engadget notes that the "N90 PRO2" labeling seen in earlier shots refers to a "working prototype 2," or a design earlier along than the late-stage example found in March. As such, it may have used hardware that didn't require a specific iPhone OS build to run.
At the same time, additional shots of the phone have surfaced in France. These appear to corroborate the Vietnamese images and show both the absence of screws on the bottom as well as the 16GB capacity seen earlier. While BeGeek doesn't have new information, its shots are some of the first of the different design in the West and lend support to beliefs that this is a final or near-final iPhone design.
Update: The French images are now believed to be additional photos from Vietnam.