Apple loses another 4th generation iPhone

According to MacRumors, someone on a Vietnamese forum has posted pictures of another 4th generation iPhone prototype. This marks the second time Apple has failed to contain its highly anticipated upgrade to one of the world's most popular smartphones. The site doesn't mention a story as elaborate as the Gizmodo fiasco that we're all aware of, but we're sure there's got to be a reasonable explanation for this particular leak.

The forum, called Taoviet.vn, has many photos posted of the device and its innards. There are a few notable differences between this device and the one found in a bar last month. According to the images, it seems that the new iPhone will sport the same Apple branded processor as the iPad. It is also noted that the screws at the bottom of the device are no longer present and the device backing shows 16GB, instead of XXGB. This leads us to believe that Apple will ship a 16GB model at launch. The phone seems to be powered on and running a diagnostic OS.

Below is a video of the device (found on Mashable). Be sure to check out the gallery for a bunch of photos of the outer casing, as well as dissection.

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lol, Apple getting desperate ? Cheap Advertising.
Jeez, products like these are industrial secrets and they just don't get lost.
How naive you are to believe it ?

Hm... This design has grown on me a bit. I do like it. But the button on the side that locks the buttons and such seems to be very poorly designed... I could see hitting that on and off just putting the phone in a holster or pocket...

I can't believe everybody so hyped about a stupid phone... If I want "apps" and the ability to play games and stuff I whip out my laptop. All I need a phone to be able to do is call people.

This one is fake... Look at the screen size, it is the same as the 3gs, but if you look at the leaked specs as well as the 1st 4th gen phone that was posted the screen size is actualy slightly smaller.

Glendi said,
What is an iPhone prototype doing in Taiwan?
That's where they may manufacture them, or part of them. They likely will have manufactured a lot of them so that they can do field testing across the globe.

Oh man, it's one thing when Cupertino employees leak stuff. They just get beaten around a bit. But possibly a factory worker this time? These people wind up dead.

Andrew Lyle said,
video still shows nothing.. he didn't even go into the OS.. fail.

"The phone seems to be powered on and running a diagnostic OS."

That is the OS that's on the device.

Stetson said,

"The phone seems to be powered on and running a diagnostic OS."

That is the OS that's on the device.


still nothing we haven't seen before

Ikshaar said,
Cue police breaking in his house in 3, 2, 1....

Dude it's Vietnam. The police just going to walk into his house, tie him up, and beat him up. After they'll drag him outside and beat him up some more.

so 2 prototypes both that squarer design (i still prefer the old design i think), and an A4 processor...wonder how that'll effect battery life if it ends up in the final version....be good for multitasking tho.

philcruicks said,
so 2 prototypes both that squarer design (i still prefer the old design i think), and an A4 processor...wonder how that'll effect battery life if it ends up in the final version....be good for multitasking tho.

Apple have shrunk all the innards right down to make the battery bigger so battery life will either be same or better.

kraized said,

Apple have shrunk all the innards right down to make the battery bigger so battery life will either be same or better.

i would agree with the processor from the 1st leak but the A4 has got to have higher power use, also i can tell you from experience with my palm pre that any heavy multitasking kills the battery life. I'm not expecting any more life than current iPhones especially if it does have the A4 (tho it will depends on how much multitasking you do).

philcruicks said,

i would agree with the processor from the 1st leak but the A4 has got to have higher power use, also i can tell you from experience with my palm pre that any heavy multitasking kills the battery life. I'm not expecting any more life than current iPhones especially if it does have the A4 (tho it will depends on how much multitasking you do).

The A4 isn't really a power hungry chip. For the iPhone they could downclock it to 800 or 900Mhz if they needed more life.

On the iPad the main power consumer is the screen+backlight.

philcruicks said,

i would agree with the processor from the 1st leak but the A4 has got to have higher power use, also i can tell you from experience with my palm pre that any heavy multitasking kills the battery life. I'm not expecting any more life than current iPhones especially if it does have the A4 (tho it will depends on how much multitasking you do).

I'm getting the same battery life with multitasking enabled through ProSwitcher on my 3GS. Using the phone a lot more as it should be (Spotify, Meebo, Skype etc all running) and I get the same ****ty day and a half battery life I always did.

Yea, me thinks Apple wants this info to be "leaked" Seriously, they never lost a prototype before and now will all the competition heading their way...just a publicity stunt.

Apple will do anything to keep everyone from taking a realistic look at the iPad sales and seeing what they really mean (re: bomb).

And so far, it's working...

excalpius said,
Apple will do anything to keep everyone from taking a realistic look at the iPad sales and seeing what they really mean (re: bomb).

And so far, it's working...

A realistic look means looking at the mile long customers lines waiting to buy the KIN One and Two.

ilev said,

A realistic look means looking at the mile long customers lines waiting to buy the KIN One and Two.

What does that have to do with what he said?

ilev said,

A realistic look means looking at the mile long customers lines waiting to buy the KIN One and Two.


If you take a "realistic" look and it looks like its a mile long, you need new glasses.

hahaha I wonder how Apple is gonna handle this one!
Not surprised about the 16GB since the 3GS was 16 and 32GB.

Oh so exciting! next week you'll see a report of a vietnamese person who was raided by the CIA and seized his computer!

chisss said,
hahaha I wonder how Apple is gonna handle this one!
Not surprised about the 16GB since the 3GS was 16 and 32GB.

Oh so exciting! next week you'll see a report of a vietnamese person who was raided by the CIA and seized his computer!

I am. I was hoping for 32gb and 64gb

nevann said,

I am. I was hoping for 32gb and 64gb


I think those sizes are a little too much... at least for me... I have yet to fill my 16GB. I use Pandora for music because I HATE itunes. I have some videos and pictures but very little stored music.
Also I have my own Media server so if I wanted to access music I can do it that way too.

Edited by chisss, May 12 2010, 2:50pm :

chisss said,

I think those sizes are a little too much... at least for me... I have yet to fill my 16GB. I use Pandora for music because I HATE itunes. I have some videos and pictures but very little stored music.
Also I have my own Media server so if I wanted to access music I can do it that way too.

I have only got just shy over 3GB left on my 32GB 3GS . And it's all apps for the most part.

nevann said,

I am. I was hoping for 32gb and 64gb

Same here. Unless they stop selling the 3GS and price the 16GB at $99. That would be killer!

asdavis10 said,

Same here. Unless they stop selling the 3GS and price the 16GB at $99. That would be killer!


not gonna happen. The pricing will probably be the same as before... the 3G will be dead the 3GS 16GB $99 and the 32 at $199 and then the new iPhone from $199 and $299

chisss said,

I think those sizes are a little too much... at least for me... I have yet to fill my 16GB. I use Pandora for music because I HATE itunes. I have some videos and pictures but very little stored music.
Also I have my own Media server so if I wanted to access music I can do it that way too.

I don't see why they'd be too much. I'd find a use for extra space. I'd like to be able to have all of my music and a wide selection of films and TV shows, rather than just a small portion of my music and 1 or 2 TV shows.

episode said,

64GB NAND sticks do not exist yet.
The phone only has space for 1 slot.

I thought I read that they did. A quick Google suggests that they've at least been "announced"

episode said,
64GB NAND sticks do not exist yet.
The phone only has space for 1 slot.
The iPod touch already supports it, so they could easily take whatever they did there and transfer it to the new internals within the iPhone 4.

pickypg said,
The iPod touch already supports it, so they could easily take whatever they did there and transfer it to the new internals within the iPhone 4.

You mean take out the ability to make phone calls?

kraized said,

Are there services that let you check where a shortened url takes you before clicking it? Addons for Firefox, maybe? Anything at all? I'm just wondering, because they continue to strike me as being one of the most dangerous types of links anyone could possibly click on the internet.

Joshie said,

Are there services that let you check where a shortened url takes you before clicking it? Addons for Firefox, maybe? Anything at all? I'm just wondering, because they continue to strike me as being one of the most dangerous types of links anyone could possibly click on the internet.

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This extension will expand short URLs and display the full URL as a tool tip over the short URL. Short URLs from bit.ly, cli.gs, ff.im, goo.gl, is.gd, nyti.ms, ow.ly, post.ly, su.pr and << spam >> are supported.

Joshie said,

Are there services that let you check where a shortened url takes you before clicking it? Addons for Firefox, maybe? Anything at all? I'm just wondering, because they continue to strike me as being one of the most dangerous types of links anyone could possibly click on the internet.


I've been using http://longurl.org and their greasemonkey script at http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/32115 for a while and really like it. It can sometimes take a little while for it to get the information, but can't imagine browsing without it now.

LoveOrDisaster said,
You dont just lose another iPhone srsly.

or steal, as seems to have been the case with the first leak.

LoveOrDisaster said,
You dont just lose another iPhone srsly.

Don't worry its all a publicity stunt... to get the product the hype...

Sebianoti said,

Don't worry its all a publicity stunt... to get the product the hype...

yeah because just a regular old announcement from steve jobs would probably just go unnoticed *rolls eyes*