If you hopped onto Apple’s hayride because of the iPhone, you are as Apple-y as any wannabe slate manufacturer out there. I mean, Apple haven’t always been the good-natured corporate pounding-hammer that they are now. They used to give it to Mr. ATT; now, they take it from him. Before you react though, hear me out. Undoubtedly, you’re more than aware of the now-pedestrian story of Gray Powell, the lout who lost the iPhone 4G/HD prototype.
Gizmodo’s Jason Chen has spent over a week playing around with a supposed prototype of the iPhone 4G/HD (yup, it was found in a bar in Redwood City) and he’s now all but certain that it is indeed the real deal. Unlike the 3G/3GS, this next gen iPhone has undergone quite the transformation. Here are some of the highlights of what’s different/new:
- Front-facing video chat camera
- Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
- Camera flash
- Higher res. display (960×460 – unconfirmed)
- Split buttons for volume
- Buttons (power, mute, volume) are all metallic
- 3 grams heavier
- 16% larger battery
- Back of iPhone completely flat
Aside from the fact that the unit has the look and feel of a finished Apple product, Jason says that even iTunes and Xcode see this as an iPhone when connected (apparently, the phone can no longer be properly booted as Apple have disabled it remotely). If this is in fact the real iPhone 4G – and it does appear that’s the case – users should be in for a real treat come June/July. Personally, I’m digging the new design; the flat back looks sexy and the front-facing camera will definitely come in handy if video chat does make its debut in OS 4.0. Be sure to head on over to Giz for the complete rundown and video footage of the latest iPhone.
While other not so unknown companies scream that their mobile device is compliant with the dreaded two-letters, could there hidden depths to what the recently acclaimed “Jesus” phone can do? A rumour, that has been started on the other side of the globe in a small and insignificant (sic) country called China (original forum post translated link), is enough to rattle the brains of any iPhone follower and start questioning their faith in whether Apple really knows what they’re doing. Even more so if the rumor proves to be true. It appears that the iPhone 4G may come in 960*640 resolution, a number which works out to quadruple the resolution of the current 3GS.
Though the Chinese get all the credit, we reported that the 3GS is capable of HD playback in July via the file tranfer app, AirSharing 😉