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New, matte iPhone revision leaked?

updated 02:30 pm EST, Thu February 12, 2009

Matte iPhone Leak

A leak on Thursday suggests Apple may be producing a newer iPhone with at least cosmetic differences. A source for Mac Observer has snapped a photo of an iPhone with the model number A1303, which isn't believed to have appeared on existing iPhone 3G models; a 16GB iPhone 3G owned by Electronista, for example, carries the number A1241. The device also has a matte black finish instead of the glossy black used on the existing model, but also retains the FCC markings and other text which would be covered up in a treatment by ColorWare or other custom-paint firms.

Nothing else about the phone is mentioned in the leak, including whether or not the back still uses plastic or has switched to another material. The site cautions that, while its previous sources have been "reliable," the image has yet to be corroborated and may still be doctored.

Apple is known to occasionally introduce minor revisions of existing products with different model numbers, though a change in finish implies a more significant change. Both Apple and third parties have implied that a major revision is due in or near June and thus that any case leaks now are of early prototypes rather than imminent models.

Readers are encouraged to compare the model numbers for their iPhones to verify the accuracy of the report.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    anodized aluminum?

    Precision-engineered aluminum foil?

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ahhh?? WHAT???

    "Readers are encouraged to compare the model numbers for their iPhones to verify the accuracy of the report"

    Come again...

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: ahhh?? WHAT???

    "MacNN is encouraged to authenticate the veracity of its' reports before publishing them"

  1. MattJeff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow MacNN

    this is truly reporting at its worst...

    "Readers are encouraged to compare the model numbers for their iPhones to verify the accuracy of the report"
    why not say...
    "why don't you double check us because we don't know what the h*** these other "reporters" are talking about"

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mine is A1241

    It's not hard to overstand what they're saying we should do. I did it instinctively, and saw that my model (black 16gb iPhone 3G) is also A1241.

    The 3 in the second digit seems to imply gen 3, but I haven't seen the model numbers for a first gen iPhone to know if that's a coincidence or not.

  1. hockeygator

    Joined: Dec 1969


    1st Gen iPhone

    I have a 16GB 1st Generation iPhone and my model number is A1203.

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    bottom of the 'o'

    The bottom of the 'o' in iPhone looks funny - like it's cut off. Gives me a little reason to suspect this may be fake.

    Not real scientific or conclusive, but neither is the article :)

  1. timbck2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another 1st Gen

    Mine is an 8GB Model A1203.

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