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A photograph containing one of Apple's fourth-generation iPhones has been lingering undetected on the web for nearly a week now thanks to having been overshadowed -- quite literally -- by the company's new iPad, AppleInsider has learned.

People with an impeccable track record in matters such as these say the iPhone in below photo, published by gadget blog Engadget in the hours leading up to Apple's iPad announcement last Wednesday, is a prototype of one of the handsets due to hit the market in roughly five months.

We spoke with Engadget to determine whether its unedited source imagery was of any superior quality, which it reportedly is not. Therefore, all we have to go off of is the fairly distorted shot you see here, which is bound to give way to some interesting analysis.

Cosmetically, the iPhone in the photo appears without its iconic aluminum bezel. Instead, the device is surrounded by a black plastic of aluminum material. Either that, or the handset is wrapped 80 percent of the way in a rubberized protective holder like the iPad prototype it rests on top of, though the quality of the image leaves this assertion to considerable debate.

The only other distinguishable difference between the existing iPhone and the one in the photo is what appears to be a whitish blotch immediately to the left of the earpiece grill. This could represent a circular transparency in the blackened portion of the face of the device that gives way to a camera lens, though it could also be nothing more than a reflection from some other source.





Due to hit the market this summer, Apple's fourth-generation iPhone has purportedly been described by Apple chief executive as an Steve Jobs disparages">"A+" upgrade to the company's existing line of handsets. If anything, the photos above serve as evidence that those advances will largely take place under the hood and through software, rather than in any radical departure from the handset's trademark form factor.

Like the iPad, people familiar with the matter claim the fourth-generation iPhone will run a version of Apple's homebred silicon, which melds ARM's latest multi-core Cortex reference designs with Imagination's upcoming GPU components into a fine-tuned, customized SoC (system-on-a-chip) package.

These enhancements, along with improvements to the iPhone software, are expected to translate into quantifiable improvements in battery life and the overall speed of the iPhone interface and the software that runs on top of it.

Last week, in a conversation with Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal, Jobs spoke of the battery-sipping custom chips Apple has built with the acquisition of P.A. Semi. He noted that the newly announced iPad will offer "140-something hours," or nearly six days, of continuous music playback with the screen off.

"It's all about the display," Jobs said of battery life. "Our chips don't use hardly any power."
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woohooo... where are the real leaks?
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This is the worst excuse for a story ever. Wow, that's an iPhone that looks no different than the old one.
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post #5 of 113
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A photograph containing one of Apple's fourth-generation iPhones ...

I'm sorry, but you people have lost your f*cking minds.

I see nothing in that photo to suggest that is a fourth-gen iPhone or a prototype of anything. It looks more like a regular iPhone in a morphie case to me, or simply a colourware phone.

Furthermore the lack of an aluminium ring is the only thing different. The "white smudge" to the left of the ear hole is just one of the sensors. Do you guys ever look at your own iPhones? There are three sensors in that general area one of which looks to be in the same place on my iPhone as this one.
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This site would be perfect if it didn't spend time trying get hits from TOTALLY USELESS ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE!!!! Shheeeesh!
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post #7 of 113
OMG, the 4G iphone is on top of the IPad which is on TOP OF THE ITABLE! Its been there all along! HOLD ON, I SEE THE IFLOOR!
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This is the worst excuse for a story ever.

The tiniest detail worth speculating on is what a rumor site is all about. Now please discuss, we need nothing short of a hefty 600-post thread
post #9 of 113
I agree with other posters, nothing in the image suggests a 4th gen iPhone. However, this image does show an iSight camera as part of at least one iPad prototype.
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AppleInsider: "We're not happy until you're not happy!"

But seriously, as far as sloppily written articles go this one takes the cake. Please let someone with an English major proofread these things before they are released. Too many errors for me to address.

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post #11 of 113
I believe it. Why would they have a current iphone rapped in a plastic case (just like the ipad) and have stickers on it. Its Definitely 4th gen... only problem is that really didn't give us and info, and i don't believe thats a camera... =) but we've already seen the fourth gen... now we have to wait another 5 months
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Did you guys read the article? AI didn't pull it out of thin air, sources have indicated that the iPhone in the pics is indeed the next iPhone.

"People with an impeccable track record in matters such as these say the iPhone in below photo, published by gadget blog Engadget in the hours leading up to Apple's iPad announcement last Wednesday, is a prototype of one of the handsets due to hit the market in roughly five months."
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Plus there is a space at the top of the ipads case were it indents where they "was" going to be a camera...
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Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

AppleInsider: "We're not happy until you're not happy!"

But seriously, as far as sloppily written articles go this one takes the cake. Please let someone with an English major proofread these things before they are released. Too many errors for me to adress.

Right on, brother (or sister). No need for a major, even. You'd get bogged down in all those "distinguishable differences." Oh Kasper, could you stick to photo editing or something?
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

I agree with other posters, nothing in the image suggests a 4th gen iPhone. However, this image does show an iSight camera as part of at least one iPad prototype.

I find it interesting that the iPhone is in the same top secret room as the iPad prototype. It is also interesting that the iPhone display shows it in restore mode and not running. How many times did we call BS on an iPhone photo that turned to be real?

I think the whole iPad camera thing is just the ambient light sensor.
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I think it is pretty clear that the cutout on the top of the iPad screen is for the front facing camera that wasn't included. It wouldn't have a proximity sensor there since it isn't a phone would it?

edit: I guess someone else saw it before me
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post #17 of 113
"Our chips don't use hardly any power."

so they use lots of power?
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Wauw. Basing an entire story on a picture with a Blobphone without a besel. Nice one AI, that was a new low.
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post #19 of 113
Um... it looks like an iPhone. (which is good by the way, I like iPhones).

On a side note, if that really is the new model - then it doesn't seem to have an OLED display (the backlight seems to be lighting up the "black" background).
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It would be nice if the iPhone/iPods could take pictures in low light. Maybe this is why Steve keeps a crappy camera wtihout a flash?
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checking-.... checking... checking... no - no fanboy screaming
"wow that thing look great.... going to buy it asap" based on that photo :-)
But then again: very few posts till now :-)
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How come no one is mentioning that the iPad unit has a nice opening where the camera should be? It's even carved out (like the home button is), so that it can get a decent field of view.

BAM!
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It would be nice if the iPhone/iPods could take pictures in low light. Maybe this is why Steve keeps a crappy camera wtihout a flash?

It's well known that Jobs hates flash!
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You were Double too late on that one
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- It's well known that Jobs hates flash!

Nice one!
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Originally Posted by NasserAE View Post

I find it interesting that the iPhone is in the same top secret room as the iPad prototype. It is also interesting that the iPhone display shows it in restore mode and not running. How many times did we call BS on an iPhone photo that turned to be real?

I think the whole iPad camera thing is just the ambient light sensor.

I recall more than a few iPod leaks turning out to be real.

That is a good point. Why would they have iPhones connected to an iPad cases?

PS: Note that the iPad image looks like it's a 1:1 ratio, not 4:3.
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Originally Posted by LuisDias View Post

It's well known that Jobs hates flash!

Maybe Steve knows that most people use a forward facing (fill) flash inappropriately resulting in crappy photos. I admit that sometimes you have a choice of a crappy photo lit up with a fill flash or nothing (because the room is too dark and you can't control the lighting).
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Originally Posted by PaulSorensen View Post

Maybe Steve knows that most people use a forward facing (fill) flash inappropriately resulting in crappy photos. I admit that sometimes you have a choice of a crappy photo lit up with a fill flash or nothing (because the room is too dark and you can't control the lighting).

Damn, my lame attempt at a crappy joke failed spectacularly ... oh well....
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This is the worst excuse for a story ever. Wow, that's an iPhone that looks no different than the old one.

yep. i'm calling cowshite. the ipad has the same bolted to the table frame seen in other photos and believed to have been a security gig for displaying the ipad whilst someone wasn't standing right there to guard it. the iphone is the same phone as always. likely someone's personal phone that was placed on top and photographed to show someone the size difference. any supposed different material is the user's case and likely nothing more

it is very unlikely that the form of the iphone will ever change. and why should it, the form works. it's the insides and the software that are where things are the most flexible. I wouldn't be shocked if gen 4 is a slightly faster processor, more storage and a better camera in terms of hardware. BUT unlocked for all GSM carriers with a radio that covers both ATT and T-Mobile radio ranges. small changes but unlocking alone (with true 3g on t-mobile) would be huge. bye bye locals buying,unlocking and craigslisting for huge money,bye bye folks going to apple for repairs with a voided warranty and bye bye being stuck with ATT when your area has better service with t-mobile. AND bye bye having to put up with ATTs prices cause there's not another choice.
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I have seen better quality, more iluminating photo's of Big Foot.
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"quite literally"

No. Quite figuratively. Unless there was an actual iPhone under an iTab that was casting a physical shadow on it so that it couldn't be seen.

Back to English 101 for you.
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Originally Posted by LuisDias View Post

Damn, my lame attempt at a crappy joke failed spectacularly ... oh well....

I admit it I didn't get it until you pointed it out.... It's morning where I am right now, so my brain hasn't fully started.
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Damn, my lame attempt at a crappy joke failed spectacularly ... oh well....

I don't think so. I found it more interesting than this article, but not as funny
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"Cosmetically, the iPhone in the photo appears without its iconic aluminum bezel. Instead, the device is surrounded by a black plastic of aluminum material. Either that, or the handset is wrapped 80 percent of the way in a rubberized protective holder like the iPad prototype it rests on top of, though the quality of the image leaves this assertion to considerable debate."

..so apple managed to develop a new material for the case? "black plastic of aluminum" yeah, sure.

..and the ipad prototype it rests on top of? or do you really mean the assembly/testing tray?
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Too many errors for me to adress.

If you're going to speak about someone else's errors, at least make sure you are leading by example.
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Some of you are clearly quite dense. What this photo DOES tell us, if it’s real, is that the 4th Gen will not be very different in form than the current gen. We still don’t know the minor finishing touches as well as what the back cover will be made of but at least we know that the size will not change. Most of the changes will be in the software as well as hardware inside. I bet there will be an A5 processor designed and made by Apple.
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Instead, the device is surrounded by a black plastic of aluminum material.

Uhhhh..... a what?
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Originally Posted by bklynkid View Post

Did you guys read the article? AI didn't pull it out of thin air, sources have indicated that the iPhone in the pics is indeed the next iPhone.

"People with an impeccable track record in matters such as these say ..."

the 14 year old sister would like to know if these are the same unnamed PITR that say that Robert (who has repeatedly and even recently claimed to be single) and Kristen are madly in love, secretly got married a year ago and are buying a 'secret' island love nest in the UK. or the PITR that say that other stuff is bull cause Robert and Taylor are the ones in love and Kristen would rather date Dakota. but of course the studio doesn't want any of this out cause it would ruin the movies so they are forcing everyone to fake it and Robert to lie during interviews about the Dali film

she gets it. smart girl

oh and Nassar. that's also called fresh out of the box mode. which makes sense. they wouldn't use someone's personal phone for such a demo. so they crack a box, and set up a new phone.
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If you're going to speak about someone else's errors, at least make sure you are leading by example.

lol..well said. I hate spelling police. They rate right up there with trips to the dentist and sorting the sock drawer.

These articles are from people, not professional editors with staff hired to spell check for syntax and spelling.

Lighten up Francis
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post #40 of 113
the next iphone to be presented in june 2010 (?) will have the same metal casing as the ipad and macbook pro and macbook air i think as biggest exterior change.
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