Oops … Details, Pics of The 4th Generation iPhone Revealed

By Tim Boswell  |  04/21/2010

4th iPhone

If you've been keeping up on your tech news, the buzz around the industry is leakage of photos and details about their still un-announced 4th generation iPhone, which Gizmodo recently got their hands on.

The tech blog published quite a story about how they actually nabbed the exclusive. It is reported that an Apple employee with a prototype lost it during a night out in Redwood City, California. Somehow, Gizmodo was contacted about it, got access to it, and now has the Internet buzzing about the highly anticipated gadget.

Anyway, aside from the photos accompanying this article, here's some of what the site says is new and what has changed since the latest model, the 3Gs:

What's new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It's unclear if it's the 960x640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the "Connect to iTunes" screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What's changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

Apparently, Apple has contacted the site to get it back, but have not announced any details regarding the phone or the details leaked about it. It's also unclear if this is a nearly finished model.

For more on this Gizmodo's report, visit Gizmodo.com.

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