Photo of Apple's next-generation iPhone in the wild - sources

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in iPhone edited January 2014
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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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 112
    woohooo... where are the real leaks?
  • Reply 2 of 112
    irelandireland Posts: 17,008member
    This is the worst excuse for a story ever. Wow, that's an iPhone that looks no different than the old one.
  • Reply 3 of 112
    brucepbrucep Posts: 2,823member
    error type 11
  • Reply 4 of 112
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    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.
  • Reply 5 of 112
    This site would be perfect if it didn't spend time trying get hits from TOTALLY USELESS ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE!!!! Shheeeesh!

  • Reply 6 of 112
    sandausandau Posts: 1,230member
    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!
  • Reply 7 of 112
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    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
  • Reply 8 of 112
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    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.
  • Reply 9 of 112
    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.
  • Reply 10 of 112
    tac22tac22 Posts: 20member
    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
  • Reply 11 of 112
    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."
  • Reply 12 of 112
    tac22tac22 Posts: 20member
    Plus there is a space at the top of the ipads case were it indents where they "was" going to be a camera...
  • Reply 13 of 112
    Quote:
    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?
  • Reply 14 of 112
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,152member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 15 of 112
    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
  • Reply 16 of 112
    drdbdrdb Posts: 99member
    "Our chips don't use hardly any power."



    so they use lots of power?
  • Reply 17 of 112
    Wauw. Basing an entire story on a picture with a Blobphone without a besel. Nice one AI, that was a new low.
  • Reply 18 of 112
    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).
  • Reply 19 of 112
    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?
  • Reply 20 of 112
    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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