As with any such leak these days the phone has found its way to the web via the team at Gizmodo who have pulled it apart and are confirming it as genuine. The device itself has quite a few differences in terms of design, however the phone was apparently remotely wiped before any of the software could be used.
Image courtesy of Gizmodo
Physical changes include the following:
- Front facing camera
- Larger rear camera lens and flash
- Higher resolution display
- New buttons
- New flat design with glass/ceramic back
- Aluminium border akin to iMac design
So is this the new iPhone as it will ship or a pre-production prototype? Gizmodo seems to think this looks like the finished product in its full report.
While we’re convinced that this is a genuine Apple product, it seems incredible that a security slip up of this magnitude could have been allowed to happen, especially from a company as secretive as Apple.
Apple has been known to “leak” information to the press in order to gauge public opinion on forthcoming products and even to create a smoke screen to confuse rivals, but the company has never allowed a product into the wild like this. That said, the hype surrounding HTC’s upcoming smartphone, the “HTC Incredible”, has been building of late with positive reviews and pre-orders announced.
With the huge press generated by this “find”, it’s safe to say most conversations regarding smartphones are now firmly focussed on the iPhone again…
What do you think? Is this the real iPhone 4G? Could Apple have leaked the device on purpose? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @icreatemagazine