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Purported Foxconn leak reveals 64GB iPhone 4 prototype

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An unconfirmed report claims to have access to an engineering prototype of the iPhone 4 with 64GB of storage that was reportedly leaked from Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn.

Earlier this week, a Hong Kong-based website posted photos of a purported iPhone prototype with 64GB of storage. Apple currently only sells iPhone 4 models in 16GB and 32GB configurations.

Late Tuesday, MIC Gadget posted a number of photos and a hands-on video of the device, which the site claims was "definitely leaked from Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen." Photos of the prototype reveal striking similarities to a prototype iPhone 4 that was purchased by Gizmodo last year after being left in a bar by an Apple engineer.

Such similarities appear to suggest that the prototype is also from the Device Verification Test phase, which takes place right before production.

The device is running an official build of iOS 4.1, which was released in September of last year. Though the phone's settings list the model number as 995-6049LL, the back of the device designates the model simply as XXXXX.









It should be noted that the prototype, even if authentic, does not guarantee that Apple plans to release a 64GB iPhone 4. Some reports have speculated that the Cupertino, Calif., iPhone maker tested the prototype but ultimately decided not to mass produce and sell a 64GB version because of cost limitations.

Still others have taken the purported leak to mean that Apple will introduce only incremental upgrades, such as a storage boost, when the company releases a new version of the device this summer. It has been suggested that the addition of minor features of the next iPhone would more closely resemble the transition from the iPhone 3G to the 3GS than the jump from the 3GS to the iPhone 4.

On the other hand, a rumor from earlier this week claimed that Apple plans to abandon the glass back design of the iPhone 4 in favor of an aluminum back. Reports have also suggested that Apple will redesign the steel outer frame of the iPhone 4 that caused a controversy last summer.
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I think I'd rather wait for the XXX Gb version
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Hmmm.... I suppose displaying the serial number of the phone in not so smart an idea if this is in-fact a real unit.

Nonetheless, it's not a matter of "if" Apple will increase the iPhone's storage capacity, but "when". This is a non-story.
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It might finally be feasible for Apple to increase the capacity but there is still no competition that is forcing Apple to do so as no one else is able to sell a 64GB smartphone.

Heck, you’re lucky to get more than one capacity option from competitors phones. They instead charge you just as much for the same capacity as the cheaper iPhone, but then claim they offer an microSD card with 2Mb/s and want you to pay an excessive fee for that inconvenience upon inconvenience. Even the flagship Honeycomb tablet only has 32GB.

Personally I’m going for the lowest capacity iPhone 5 and iPad 2 WiFi this year. I simply don’t store that much data on them anymore.
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Originally Posted by Macfreak7 View Post

I think I'd rather wait for the XXX Gb version

Ha Ha that is only 30 gigs

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Or maybe they'll boost the capacity of the existing 4 in order to keep it selling as a lower cost option to the 5, much like they did with the GS when the 4 came out?
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Originally Posted by mstone View Post

Ha Ha that is only 30 gigs

Im sure he meant XXX as in porn, not the Roman numerals for 30.
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Originally Posted by Logisticaldron View Post

Im sure he meant XXX as in porn, not the Roman numerals for 30.

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It could have been a matter of profit. A 64GB iPhone simply would not have been profitable at the time. Additionally it would give an extra reason to upgrade to the iPhone 5.
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Do my eyes deceive me or is that a white iPhone in the background????
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If this really is the iPhone 5, this would be the last contract Foxconn ever get from Apple lol.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Photos of the prototype reveal striking similarities to a prototype iPhone 4 that was purchased by Gizmodo last year after being left in a bar by an Apple engineer.

That's a weird way to say the prototype looks like a regular iPhone 4.
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Nice music on the background!
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maybe apple didnt go with it because of the leaked prototype was the 64gb
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Originally Posted by Logisticaldron View Post

It might finally be feasible for Apple to increase the capacity but there is still no competition that is forcing Apple to do so as no one else is able to sell a 64GB smartphone.

Heck, youre lucky to get more than one capacity option from competitors phones. They instead charge you just as much for the same capacity as the cheaper iPhone, but then claim they offer an microSD card with 2Mb/s and want you to pay an excessive fee for that inconvenience upon inconvenience. Even the flagship Honeycomb tablet only has 32GB.

Personally Im going for the lowest capacity iPhone 5 and iPad 2 WiFi this year. I simply dont store that much data on them anymore.

There was also no competition for a 'retina' display to appear on the market...

I think this is real. By mass producing, or more relative, mass buying the 64g chips they also lower the price point of the 128 chips.

They are looking towards the future...
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Originally Posted by GetinGetout View Post

Do my eyes deceive me or is that a white iPhone in the background????

I was going to say the same thing. The fabled white unicorn, er, iPhone! I'm surprised it took so long before anybody, including the author, pointed it out. It was the first thing I noticed.
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maybe apple already massed purchased the chips in prep for the 64gb iphone 4 then the gizmodo happened and the quashed the 64gb because it was the leaked model. and instead dusted off the 11.6 prototype macbook air they had lying around and made it after all they say the most expensive components of the iphone and ipad is the flash
post #18 of 32
I think they will follow what they've done in the past few years at WWDC in June:

1. Axe the iPhone 3GS

2. Keep the current iPhone 4 in black/white 16Gb but slash the price so the networks can make it available free on contract or £300 for premium PAYG users

3. Introduce an all new iPhone 5 with 4" screen following the iPad 2 design in black/white 32/64Gb
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Originally Posted by Shaun, UK View Post

I think they will follow what they've done in the past few years at WWDC in June:

1. Axe the iPhone 3GS

2. Keep the current iPhone 4 in black/white 16Gb but slash the price so the networks can make it available free on contract or £300 for premium PAYG users

3. Introduce an all new iPhone 5 with 4" screen following the iPad 2 design in black/white 32/64Gb

Personally, IMHO, I think the iPhone 4 is the best design they've ever come up with. Going back to an ipod design would ruin it for me.

They're selling tons of them for a reason. They made the best phone. Quality wise, and most people love quality, no one else is even competing that I can tell.

Make a great phone, sell millions. I love the phone. I'm also curious to see what happens if they change the design....

However, I would like to start a prediction on the iPod mini's. I think they went the wrong way with those design wise. I know too many people who don't know anything about computers who are buying Sony's MP3 players now because of the new iPod mini. (too many being 5 people)
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Originally Posted by Aeolian View Post

Personally, IMHO, I think the iPhone 4 is the best design they've ever come up with. Going back to an ipod design would ruin it for me.

They're selling tons of them for a reason. They made the best phone. Quality wise, and most people love quality, no one else is even competing that I can tell.

Make a great phone, sell millions. I love the phone. I'm also curious to see what happens if they change the design....

However, I would like to start a prediction on the iPod mini's. I think they went the wrong way with those design wise. I know too many people who don't know anything about computers who are buying Sony's MP3 players now because of the new iPod mini. (too many being 5 people)

I think they may make a number of changes to the iPod line up in Sept to revitalise sales:

1. Combine the Touch & Mini into a new form factor somewhere between the two size wise with a lower price than the current touch for people who mainly use it as an music player. This will then replace the Classic next year when 128Gb flash memory prices are more affordable

2. New 6" iPod Play to take on Sony, Nintendo & Kindle

3. New iPod Shuffle that you can wear like a watch
post #21 of 32
I just want my GB's and my Wifi's.
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I think this is most likely a prototype for iPhone 4 that Apple decided against. The picture shows the version to be 4.1 whereas I would expect it to be at least 4.2 if this phone was recent.

But then again, what do I know?
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Originally Posted by Ohcomeon View Post

I think this is most likely a prototype for iPhone 4 that Apple decided against. The picture shows the version to be 4.1 whereas I would expect it to be at least 4.2 if this phone was recent.

But then again, what do I know?

Yeah, it's most likely a prototype from last year. But I do hope they bump up the storage this year. I think the retina display may have cost enough that increasing the flash wasn't within the budget last year. Apple will want to do something to up the specs for this year's model. They don't really brag out processor speed, I don't see them increasing the resolution, so barring some other hardware add-on, it seems storage is the logical lure to get people to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by Logisticaldron View Post

Im sure he meant XXX as in porn, not the Roman numerals for 30.

No, I think he meant a memory of three places as in 128GB, 256GB, etc.
post #25 of 32
Isn't there a chance that like the move from 3G to 3Gs the only thing that changes is the internals and what we're really looking at is the iPhone 5?
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Originally Posted by Aeolian View Post

There was also no competition for a 'retina' display to appear on the market...

I think this is real. By mass producing, or more relative, mass buying the 64g chips they also lower the price point of the 128 chips.

They are looking towards the future...

Thats a completely different situation. Apple couldnt just use incremental display resolutions without negatively affecting themselves, developers and customers (something that plagues Android), yet they were already behind the curve using the same display resolution for 3 years running. They didnt just pull Retina Display out of their collective ass, they planned for it.

Additional NAND is a completely beast. You can add more and its only affects costs.

I surely hope they add it, but Id think the iPad 2 would have gotten it since the 64GB iPad seems quite popular, has plenty of room for the larger, and therefore cheaper, NAND, and there seems to be plenty that would have loved to have 128GB iPad even if it cost $999 and only came as the WiFI+3G model.
post #27 of 32
It's probably real, and probably predates the general iPhone 4 release. Check out the serial number, then look at your own phone.

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post #28 of 32
You get your hands on a prototype iPhone. You know the video you make of it will likely circulate globally and you don't even bother to clear your desk before filming it!? I don't understand that mentality lol.

It's an interesting development but AI's spot on; it doesn't really tell us anything.
post #29 of 32
I was so disappointed I couldn't get a 64GB iPhone 4. I hope this does shake out!
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Originally Posted by Asst. Prof. View Post

Nobody needs 64 Gigs. If they did, the iPhone would already have it. Apple skates to where the puck is GOING TO be.

Tsk - between my very large music collection, space to record photos/video, and storing tv shows for the commute, the 32 GB isn't enough to contain my digital life. I've been patiently waiting for a 64 GB iPhone for a couple years already...
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Nobody needs 64 Gigs. If they did, the iPhone would already have it. Apple skates to where the puck is GOING TO be.

I need it dumbass.

The original iPhone didn't have 3G service or MMS and after everything was said and done, we now have it. So shut your hole.
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