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New pictures of Apple's next-generation iPhone have leaked, this time showing a newer and more refined prototype model than the one obtained by Gizmodo last month.

Vietnamese forum Taoviet published a series of photos, including a teardown of the hardware, revealing the marking APL0398, which is also on the A4 processor found inside the iPad. The rest of the markings -- 339S0084, K4X2G643GE, and YN6024Z3 -- are different, but the system-on-a-chip does include an Apple logo.

The new model also lacks the obvious screws visible in the Gizmodo photographs on either side of the Dock Connector, and is designated as being 16 GB rather than simply "XXGB." The back panel is also shown to be highly reflective, with a large back facing camera and LED flash.

As was revealed before, the new model uses the same micro-SIM as iPad, and the card now inserts into the side of the phone rather than the top end.

A video demonstrates that the device was also turned on, but was not running the iPhone OS. Instead, the screen displayed a graphic of an explosion that read "Inferno." At the bottom, text can be read that says "Start time: Run Bonfire!," "Duration: 0," and "Battery: 3 percent."

Additional photos of the device are pictured on the site.



















post #2 of 184
Looking forward to upgrading my 3G.

Looks like an A4 taking up most of the space on the main board.

Just a few more weeks until WWDC10.

Time will tell.
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Here is the direct link to the forum post for those who want a view (before the site crashes completely).

http://taoviet.vn/showthread.php?t=16471
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I might be in the minority who don't like it...it might grow on me... but so far it hasn't....

I liked how the tapered edges complemented the vertical and horizontal lines on the front with some curvyness. Now i'ts just a tad too boxy.
post #6 of 184
Chop chop, i hear heads falling!

I'm still curious about the screen and resolution....Not so sure about the new design though, does honestly have a lot design similarities with the Nokia N78, N81, N85 etc the bezel on the sides i mean.
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post #7 of 184
I really like the look of this new design.

And their video is much better made, and has more information than Gizmodo's.
post #8 of 184
It seems, the Apple A4 version is the same as in iPad:

- The CPU die marking is the same: APL0398
- Samsung DRAM marking is the same: K4X2G643GE
- Apple PN identification (I believe) is exactly the same: 339S0084

The last marking part could be lot number: YN6024Z3

The package markings although are printed in a traditional for IC industry way - oriented to one side in several rows with clear indication of Pin1, for sure more practical to control than fancy 4-side printing on A4 in iPad :-)
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hmmm. While I enjoy looking at these photos, I can't help to think about the nature of the articles AI posted regarding Gizmodo episode. It strikes me as a little hypocritical to now be eagerly posting these photos. I guess it wasn't so much that Gizmodo revealed trade secrets as it was that they got caught or paid for the phone.

Just wondering.

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post #10 of 184
When I watched the video I felt like eating Phở soup


p.s. Can't wait to get my first iPhone this summer. I've been using a new iPod Touch in the meantime. Address Book, apps, everything all ready to migrate.
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I might be in the minority who don't like it...it might grow on me... but so far it hasn't....

I liked how the tapered edges complemented the vertical and horizontal lines on the front with some curvyness. Now i'ts just a tad too boxy.

I said the same thing when the first pictures came out. (Of course, I also thought it was fake...) But I have reserved judgement until I can hold one in my hand.

I still remember seeing the pictures of the unibody case just before they came out with the unibody MBP and thinking that Apple had completely lost it. It looked boxy and industrial (not in a good way). A few weeks later at an Apple Store display window I saw one one of those sexy beasts up close and personal and had to throw out all my preconceptions.

Apple knows how big this version of the iPhone is for the company--I cannot believe that Ive and co would drop the ball on this one...
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post #13 of 184
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When I watched the video I felt like eating Phở soup

Hahahah me too! How bout that fantastic music in the background?

Hmmm this looks like the real deal for sure this time... whats going on with the leaks?
post #14 of 184
Battery life is gonna be incredible I feel.
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hmmm. While I enjoy looking at these photos, I can't help to think about the nature of the articles AI posted regarding Gizmodo episode. It strikes me as a little hypocritical to now be eagerly posting these photos. I guess it wasn't so much that Gizmodo revealed trade secrets as it was that they got caught or paid for the phone.

Just wondering.

AI is here to give the people what they want. We want pictures of unreleased products? They link to them. We want Gizmodo crucified? They print stories about the investigation. AI never stopped linking to Gizmodo's site, you may remember...

That being said, I think there is probably some etiquette to a rumor and leak blog that Gizmodo seemed to violate--the whole public "we will pay for unreleased products" schtick just doesn't smell right... Also, if some employee wants to jeopardize his job or career by leaking photos or information, that is one thing, but taking possession of a clearly lost (if not stolen) prototype seems to go beyond...
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post #16 of 184
Not trying to be a killjoy here folks, but the first thing I thought when I saw this thing turn up in Vietnam, was the first prototype (Gizmodo's) was a fake or this one is a fake pawning itself off to be like the Gizmodo find... I know there are all the chip engravings and such, but just the first thing that popped in my mind.

That said, if either one of these is truly the new design of the iPhone, I am excited to get my hands on one for, features like, faster processor, higher screen res, led flash, front facing camera, and the expanding possibilities that come with iPhone OS 4.0, like "multi-tasking", etc.
post #17 of 184
Any reason why the video did not show the phone running at all? And what were those vertical tic marks at the bottom of the screen--some sort of progress indicator?
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post #18 of 184
I can guarantee you this is what it will look like. No more rounded play kiddy iPhones for soccer Moms. I think this is going to be the first serious iPhone for execs complete with all the new executive features and a more corporate design.

Btw, come summertime how do I migrate my iPod stuff to my new iPhone? Just use the iTunes back up and restore feature?
post #19 of 184
The video makes me like the new iPhone all the more. I didn't really like it at first, but am liking this now. Also, the way he was touching and rubbing the new screen--did it seem like this is a non-marking screen? I didn't see any fingerprints on the screen even after he kept touching it.
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post #20 of 184
The California police are now going to break down doors in Vietnam?
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Btw, come summertime how do I migrate my iPod stuff to my new iPhone? Just use the iTunes back up and restore feature?

Yes. When you plug it in for the frost ti e, it will ask you if you want to set it up as a new iPhone or restore it from a backup. You can just restore it from your iPod Touch's backup and you'll have all your saved games and everything transferred over. They will both still sync as separate devices, as well.
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post #22 of 184
Hmm... I still suspect it might be a prototype case built for testing purposes. I am especially suspicious of the horrid seams. I think the final case will be without these, and may have a single piece all-aluminum back.
post #23 of 184
The iPad gets 10 hours (9 with 3G). Can't wait to see the battery life on the new iPhone with the same chip.

I love the new design.
post #24 of 184
I'm starting to get the feeling that everyone has a 4G iPhone except me.
post #25 of 184
I expect that he'll be getting a visit from Mr. Slugworth.
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So, is the new iPhone going to be offered in 16/32/64GB variants or will it be 16/32GB with an 8GB 3G(S) at the bottom of the pile?
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The iPad gets 10 hours (9 with 3G). Can't wait to see the battery life on the new iPhone with the same chip.

Don't forget the battery is only a fraction of the size of the iPad's...
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New pictures of Apple's next-generation iPhone have leaked, this time showing a newer and more refined prototype model than the one obtained by Gizmodo last month.

The new model also lacks the obvious screws visible in the Gizmodo photographs on either side of the Dock Connector,

What was this about the Gizmodo example being what we're going to see? Not a huge change, but a change nonetheless. The general shape is probably what we're going to get, it looks like some details may still be different. The dock slot on the new one in Vietnam still has some jaggies indicating uneven manual filing, so maybe there's some hope of other refinement yet.

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hmmm. While I enjoy looking at these photos, I can't help to think about the nature of the articles AI posted regarding Gizmodo episode. It strikes me as a little hypocritical to now be eagerly posting these photos. I guess it wasn't so much that Gizmodo revealed trade secrets as it was that they got caught or paid for the phone.

The trade secrets were problematic, but that's out of the bag now. I think the bigger problem was more or less admitting having paid for an allegedly stolen device (we don't know on the outside yet, but Gizmodo's story does have significant holes in it). The amount supposedly paid was also enough to trip the felony trigger.
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So, is the new iPhone going to be offered in 16/32/64GB variants or will it be 16/32GB with an 8GB 3G(S) at the bottom of the pile?

It could go either way, but unless they remove features, this new design is probably going to cost Apple more than putting a 3GS at the bottom rung.
post #31 of 184
The new design has grown on me. Looking at it next to a 3GS makes the latter seem fat and bloated. I only hope that they get rid of the seams and that the rear case is made of some sort of ceramics and not glass.
post #32 of 184
How long until someone blames Gizmodo for this one? They seem to be the new catchall anti-Apple boogeyman.


Damn, I can't wait for this to go on sale. Hopefully these people buying them in back alleys aren't being used for market research to determine the price.

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post #33 of 184
Yeah, the first thing I thought is why don't they show the Iphone in operation at all... just a static screen (doesn't even seem to show any indicators when he presses the buttons, though the phone is mostly on its side when he does so making is hard to see)

Tried to read the text on the bottom - looks like:

Start Time: Run Bonfire!
Test: Run Bonfire!
Duration: 0
Action Run Bonfire!
Battery: 1%
a MAC address followed by the word root and perhaps 1of147

I like the design, and don't mind the joints - perhaps it's indicative of a battery easily replaceable at a Genius Bar or AT&T?
post #34 of 184
If this is actually the new phone we'll have to wait and see but, to me, it looks much more robust than previous phones (not that the older phones weren't strong enough). Case, buttons... everything looks more solid.
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post #35 of 184
4G is thinner, but I wouldn't mind if it got fatter as long as they get rid of the black part above and below the screen. I think that's total waste of space, the whole front part should just be a screen.
post #36 of 184
I guess Steve will have his raiding crew on a flight this morning to shake down this guy and haul him to court too! :-) I wonder how he gets his thumbscrews past TSA?
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New pictures of Apple's next-generation iPhone have leaked, this time showing a newer and more refined prototype model than the one obtained by Gizmodo last month.

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post #37 of 184
So would I be correct in saying that this is the hands-on video that Gizmodo should have taken? In glorious high res with intimate handling. All from some Vietnamese guy. Jason Chen, eat your heart out.
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Looking forward to upgrading my 3G.

Me too. I skipped the 3GS, and apps are a tad slow on the 3G these days...
post #39 of 184
Looking forward to my first iPhone.. The design is sweet!
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Me too. I skipped the 3GS, and apps are a tad slow on the 3G these days...

I'm not interested at all until I see how easy a jailbreak is. My 3G is easy to jailbreak, and I'd consider it almost unusable without it.

Honestly, with the attitude I keep seeing out of Apple these days, if they come out with good CalDAV support for Android, I may not be buying another iPhone at all.

I don't like the design of this thing nearly as much as the 3G, it looks like it would be uncomfortable to hold.
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