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4th gen. iPhone gets a hands-on review

Gizmodo has managed to one-up Engadget in the 4th generation iPhone news war. They have the device, they've taken it apart, put it back together, and pretty much confirmed its authenticity (the innards contain Apple components). Whether this will be the exact form that the device takes upon launch is still unknown. However, it will likely be close. Here's their teaser video that they posted to YouTube.

Along with two other videos (sorry, they aren't allowing those to be embedded), Gizmodo has taken dozens of photos, provided plenty of specs, and really went all out trying to gather as many details as they could. Unfortunately, they were unable to boot the device into the OS. It seems that Apple remotely killed the phone upon learning of its whereabouts.

The device is said to be 4.5 x 2.31 x .37 inches and weighs 140 grams. It's got a bigger battery, higher resolution screen, a camera flash, front facing camera, and much more. 

Here are all the juicy details (taken straight from Gizmodo):

"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 960x460 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 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"

Below are some photos comparing the new phone to the current 3GS model. For more photos, visit Gizmodo's exclusive review.

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Random Dood: Hey Steve...
Steve Jobs: I need that phone back for some testing..
Random Dood: Oh sure, here you...
Random Dood: <slight pause>
Random Door: Ahh... Steve... yeah... about that...

Klownicle said,
Random Dood: Hey Steve...
Steve Jobs: I need that phone back for some testing..
Random Dood: Oh sure, here you...
Random Dood: <slight pause>
Random Door: Ahh... Steve... yeah... about that...

hahahaha brilliant!

Klownicle said,
Random Dood: Hey Steve...
Steve Jobs: I need that phone back for some testing..
Random Dood: Oh sure, here you...
Random Dood: <slight pause>
Random Door: Ahh... Steve... yeah... about that...

LMAO! Followed by lots of screaming I'm sure... (By both sides)...

I like the design. Calling it a copy of the Zune is not really accurate.

You can tell Apple is standardizing their designs. If you look at the uni-body MacBooks, iMacs, iPad, etc. The MacBooks and iMacs have been shipping for a while now. They are following their own design path and it has nothing to do with what the Zune looks like.

Looks like there is going to be a lot to this story, the news around the net is that Gizmodo forked over $10,000 and that the unit was in fact stolen from Apple. This is going to have some serious repercussion for a lot of people...Steve Jobs must be furious right about now, and is going to do some major ass kicking; as in lawsuits.

alfaaqua said,

Best move for Apple
Sucks for users

This basically MAKES the user buy it from the carrier that will have it and cant get it elsewhere simunlocked.

I think other carriers will start moving to Micro SIM in the next year. The iPad is unlocked by default, so there's a market right there - and in the end, you can actually cut down a regular sim card to be a micro sim, supposedly.

Now it appears that the phone was stolen at Apple campus. And if it's true, i don't think someone lost if after, so someone sold/gave it to gizmodo or gizmodo stole it at Apple campus! But that's great journalism

Hey, from what i understand, the iPhone has only been wiped by Apple, so there still the firmware on the phone? Bring this phone to a jailbreaker!

I think the fact that it booted at one point and now no longer does adds credence to the fact that the phone went missing unintentionally and Apple remotely wiped it. If in fact it ever booted and is actually an Apple prototype.

Looks like a China iphone, too squared for me, also i didnt like d micro-sim that sucks, i think it's the worst point, that could make not buying that phone. And it really looks like the horrible Zune!

I hope this thing is just a prototype or something like that, cuz is ugly, i like the desing of the 3g and 3gs.

Anyone else starting to think this has been somewhat staged?

We're seeing drips and drabs of tiny footage / crappy resolution photos despite someone having full access to what they believe to have been a misplaced prototype.

Aergan said,
Anyone else starting to think this has been somewhat staged?

We're seeing drips and drabs of tiny footage / crappy resolution photos despite someone having full access to what they believe to have been a misplaced prototype.

There are close up pics, clear as day, when they take the phone apart.

Still looks like a dev unit to me and not the final design (although I wouldn't mind if it is was). Still, I suspect Gizmodo are in some potential hot water over this. Rumor has it this phone was stolen not lost and Apple want it back bad (potential lawsuit). Be interesting to see what happens next (if anything)...

Does anyone have any further info on micro sims?
When I'm travelling abroad or going somewhere where I prefer a better camera, I like to take the sim out of my iPhone and take one of my other phones instead so I need to be able to use the same sim in different devices...

hektik said,
Does anyone have any further info on micro sims?
When I'm travelling abroad or going somewhere where I prefer a better camera, I like to take the sim out of my iPhone and take one of my other phones instead so I need to be able to use the same sim in different devices...

You'll need a microsim to sim adapter. It's basically a small piece of plastic. http://microsim-shop.com/

I think Apple is starting to get practical. You can do a great design without unnecessary slippery curves everywhere, plus it will be easier to fit more battery if the back is flat. The phone still looks great and functional, and I should say more 'manly' or gender neutral and less like a makeup powder box.

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