First images of 4th generation iPhone? (UPDATE: Nope)

Boy Genius Report has linked to a site called iClarified where some pictures, claiming to be of the next generation iPhone, have been posted. The site mentions the possibility of the pictures being fake due to their meta data showing that they've been through Photoshop CS4. This, by itself, doesn't mean they're definitely fake, but it's for sure reason enough to be skeptical. It could have been edited in Photoshop just to blur out the FCC ID that's usually found on the back of the phone.

The picture seems to show an aluminum unibody case, similar to the back of an iPad, but with a more angular design. However, there's only a single hole for a camera with no hole for a flash. While it's entirely possible that Apple will, once again, ignore the public's cry for a flash, it seems unlikely when you consider the way competing phones are being produced these days. Omitting a flash would be a pretty bold move, even for Apple.

So is this the iPhone HD/4G/3.5G or whatever they plan on calling it? We may have to wait until June 22nd to find out. Check out the gallery below.

UPDATE: MobileCrunch is reporting the pictures to be fake. Apparently a French 3D modeler has claimed to have made the images with 3DS Max. He even sent in a snapshot to prove it.

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This is a guy who made his own aluminum backing for the iPhone. Look it up guys, he also made a red back for the iPhone that looks GREAT.

Sawyer12 said,
Why not show the front of the screen. I say Fake.

Even forgetting that it's a completely obvious fake for a moment, it's supposed to be the back shell of the iPhone. That's pretty much how iPhones are put together, a back shell piece, the screen, and a small band around the screen.

It's not supposed to be a fake of the whole phone, just the back case as though it were a prototype part leaked from the factory.

Sawyer12 said,
Why not show the front of the screen. I say Fake.

Even forgetting that it's a completely obvious fake for a moment, it's supposed to be the back shell of the iPhone. That's pretty much how iPhones are put together, a back shell piece, the screen, and a small band around the screen.

It's not supposed to be a fake of the whole phone, just the back case as though it were a prototype part leaked from the factory.

Second picture confirms its fake... The tekst on the back doesn't have the right angle... there something wrong on the edge in that picture too.... And all 3 picture have the Noise Filter applied, the grain is not real..

OMG that is so fake, take a look at the wholes, you can see the table below.

So either it's just a bad case or it's fake.

either way, that doesn't have the apple productness about it. I hate Apple with a passion and I know that's something Apple wouldn't release, because it doesn't look a fashion item

Looks like a prototype or something along them lines, Where the ports/buttons are on the side there is a big gapping hole, Meaning its just a (aluminum? - wtf is apples obsession with that damn metal O.o) shell.

I say it's fake and didn't Apple say the next iPhone will have a removable battery?
It doesn't look like it has that if these are real which I really think they aren't...

1) It's completely aluminum with no place for the wireless to escape. See the first gen iPhone and the iPad 3G, both needed a plastic window for radio signals.

2) The shape isn't even right. Why are there edges and creases? Apple prides themselves in their unibody manufacturing. I guess you could say something about being an early prototype part but still.

3) The logo is wrong. It isn't even aligned with the case in some of the angles and it's much smaller than in other iPhones and iPods.

4) The middle picture especially looks like CGI, and the noise looks artificially added.

Screw having flash on a phone I've never had a phone that had a flash for the camera nor have I ever needed one. They always make the pictures look tacky and I feel like it would make the iPhone more cheesy. As for flash memory if they toss the dock connector and use the standard that they agreed on they could just put a flash slot where the dock connector was.

They are fake for this simple reason... there is no plastic "window" for the wireless radios. Even the iPad 3G has a "window" up top for Wi-Fi/3G/GPS due to its being made mostly of aluminum which would hinder reception.

FAKE FAKE FAKE!

Mazda 3s said,
They are fake for this simple reason... there is no plastic "window" for the wireless radios. Even the iPad 3G has a "window" up top for Wi-Fi/3G/GPS due to its being made mostly of aluminum which would hinder reception.

FAKE FAKE FAKE!

I wonder if someone who would make a fake would leave out something blatantly obvious? HMMMM

that looks like an empty shell.. holes on side that look like flash memory port would be where the volume/vibrate keys go..

Unlikely but who knows...

Also RE: Lack of flash - Omnivision who apple buy camera modules off are claiming best sensitive camera modules with regards to low light performance so its totally possible they wont go with a flash

I think that this photos are not fake, but they aren't showing iPhone 4 either. I think that this is china's copy of iphone 3G.

snuffy said,
will the next iphone have a mini-usb charging port?

You're more likely to see Adobe Flash on the iPhone than a mini-usb port. Apple makes too much money from their dock connectors.

superstrikertwo said,

You're more likely to see Adobe Flash on the iPhone than a mini-usb port. Apple makes too much money from their dock connectors.

I thought Apple had joined with other phone makers to include one, if they carry on being isolated tho it won't surprise me.

How conveniently crappy those photos are. I say fake.

As for the additional port for flash memory, I seriously doubt that as well. When I had a phone that took micro SD, I stuck one 8GB card in there and never switched it. My iPhone 3GS is 32GB and I've yet to fill it up (still have 12GB left). I would rather have a large amount of fast storage built into the phone than purchase the memory separately and have an extra port that get clogged with pocket particulate.

Shadrack said,
How conveniently crappy those photos are. I say fake.

As for the additional port for flash memory, I seriously doubt that as well. When I had a phone that took micro SD, I stuck one 8GB card in there and never switched it. My iPhone 3GS is 32GB and I've yet to fill it up (still have 12GB left). I would rather have a large amount of fast storage built into the phone than purchase the memory separately and have an extra port that get clogged with pocket particulate.

I don't think that's a flash memory port. I think it's a cutout for the volume rocker.

Shadrack said,
How conveniently crappy those photos are. I say fake.

As for the additional port for flash memory, I seriously doubt that as well. When I had a phone that took micro SD, I stuck one 8GB card in there and never switched it. My iPhone 3GS is 32GB and I've yet to fill it up (still have 12GB left). I would rather have a large amount of fast storage built into the phone than purchase the memory separately and have an extra port that get clogged with pocket particulate.


He meant camera flash.

Shadrack said,
How conveniently crappy those photos are. I say fake.

As for the additional port for flash memory, I seriously doubt that as well. When I had a phone that took micro SD, I stuck one 8GB card in there and never switched it. My iPhone 3GS is 32GB and I've yet to fill it up (still have 12GB left). I would rather have a large amount of fast storage built into the phone than purchase the memory separately and have an extra port that get clogged with pocket particulate.

I have just over 5GB left on my 32GB 3GS

kalizar said,
i'm definitely thinkin fake.

Yeah, I am too, specifically because of the speaker grills, apple would make the holes in the case rather than cut out a section to put a speaker into.

Xion-UK said,

Yeah, I am too, specifically because of the speaker grills, apple would make the holes in the case rather than cut out a section to put a speaker into.

Read what you have written there...

"apple would make the holes in the case rather than cut out a section to put a speaker into."

That is the exact same thing.......

King Antonius said,

Read what you have written there...

"apple would make the holes in the case rather than cut out a section to put a speaker into."

That is the exact same thing.......

I think he meant drilling tiny holes for the sound to come through. Not a giant hole for the speaker to install flush with the case.

ImWatchingYou said,

I think he meant drilling tiny holes for the sound to come through. Not a giant hole for the speaker to install flush with the case.

But the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS all have bigger holes if you remove the thin foil mesh and leave a hole like the one in the picture...

Xion-UK said,

Yeah, I am too, specifically because of the speaker grills, apple would make the holes in the case rather than cut out a section to put a speaker into.

Do you actually have an iPhone? The speakers are fine mesh grilles sunken on holes of the case.

what said,
Looks like something someone's made in their garage at the weekend.
Agreed. The tapering is too angular, it's waay to wide, and there's no spot for an antenna. (Both the iPod Touch and the 1st Gen iPhone had a black plastic spot to facilitate reception through the metal backing).

While I'm actually hoping for a unibody-style aluminum back, this one is definitely a fake.

what said,
Looks like something someone's made in their garage at the weekend.


Oh but iPhone trend schmucks will be all over like stank on ****, even if it was produced with home tools by Apple.