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iPhone HD confirmed through prototype hands-on

updated 10:40 am EDT, Mon April 19, 2010

New iPhone is real, plugs into iTunes

Much of the doubt about the leaked new iPhone was removed today with a hands-on of the device itself. The smartphone exhibits all the traits of an Apple device, including labeled parts on the inside, and was even recognized as an iPhone by iTunes. According to Gizmodo, Apple allegedly "killed" the device remotely, presumably by tracking its IMEI number or UDID.

The disguise over the phone also hinted at Apple's influence as it was a unique design meant to imitate the iPhone 3GS' look.

The handset is known to have at least some of the leaked features, including a noticeably higher-resolution (but possibly smaller) screen, a front camera, and the addition of flash to the back camera. It now uses a micro SIM card slot on the side, rather than the top, and may have a secondary microphone to counter outside sound with noise cancellation. Inside, the battery is estimated to be 16 percent larger than before.

Despite some assertions to the contrary, the phone appears to be closer to a finished design and is a slightly heavier design with aluminum trim, metal buttons and the likely ceramic back shown earlier. It reportedly feels "amazing" in the hand and recalls the design simplicity of the iMac and iPad.

The slip is one of the largest leaks of an Apple product in recent memory and virtually eliminates most of the largest mysteries about the next iPhone before its expected unveiling in June. Some unknowns still exist, such as any support for HD video recording and playback as well as the amount of included storage. Most anticipate the phone having a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture, a 960x640 display, and between 64GB and 80GB of maximum space.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm more concerned about how well it works...

    than how it looks. I think it looks OK. It looks functional. It's strange that it has seams and it doesn't look like a unibody type design which may not be practical for a such a small device that needs good reception. If it's sturdy and feels good in the hand then that should be more than enough along with its improved internals. I definitely like hearing that the battery has grown in size and/or capacity.

    I'm puzzled about the 80GB size. How did they do that and why?

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  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I can't think how Gizmodo convinced those that found it to give it to them except by offering money, and if they did that, someone's going to jail I hope?

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: jail?

    why jail? it was found in a bar. some poor fool who has probably been chewed out by now or fired if they were an apple employee, lost it in a bar.

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    why does it fade from black - the ENTIRE time of the video?

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Seam?

    No one is really talking about the seam on the bottom. I was originally hoping it was for the popping out of a removable battery. You'd think that would have been mentioned if it was found to be true by Gizmodo.

    The other thing I'm wondering is if this is a fake, or one of several different designs out there, purposely put out there to see what it would spark.

    Lastly, what about 4G? I wonder if any of the chips give any indication if LTE is on board. I'm really stuck - I have a 3G, and am up for a new one this summer, but I don't want to get one when LTE is a year away meaning I'll have to wait an extra year for that. Then again, my 3G is slow as a DOG, and I'd really like the video capabilities plus multitasking.

  1. dwoodruff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I suspect this is fake...

    ONE reason... It has an FCC approval on the back... not possible, if it had been approved it would be available for review.

    I'd say a clever, not too "apple designed" fake

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: jail

    Breaking a contract (which is what an NDA is) is NOT a criminal offense, it is a civil issue. There would be nor could there be any jail time.

    And who cares, since it is an obvious hoax.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No it dont, its FCC approval number on the back is a XXXX like everything else.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh a note on 3G and LTE

    Just because LTE is designed to be better and faster, it wont be. 3G in other parts of the world, and in Canada is way faster then what AT&T offers. The current offerings are already over loaded and unreliable. When LTE is out chances are it will be over loaded and unreliable like 3G in the US. So I think its a moot point waiting for LTE.

  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    tempting but...

    I would love it if the phone had a similar mechanical/techy finish to it, but alas, I doubt Apple would go backwards to that look; or create two separate disconnected buttons for volume instead of a more ergonomic easy-to-feel rocker button like the current iPhone model.

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