iPhone 4G found on the ground in San Jose, California?

As discovered by Engadget, a suspected iPhone 4G/HD was found on the ground in a San Jose bar, inside of an iPhone 3G case.  The hands-on pictures reveal a brand new look for the device, which might be an early prototype or some sort of custom modified hardware.

The iPhone was in a working state when it was discovered, running the new iPhone OS 4.0 SDK.  The phone, although unmarked on the back, had 80GB of storage, much larger than previous models.  Older models have only ever been available in 8, 16 and 32GB flavours since their release.

The mystery iPhone does have a front-facing camera with some new stylish volume toggle and silence buttons.  The back of the phone includes all the traditional markings, including “Designed by Apple California” on the back.  Apple has an office in Cupertino, California, right next to San Jose.

Whether or not this is actually the new iPhone 4G/HD, some prototype design, or a custom modified hardware, the phone is very interesting to say the least. 

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The moral of the story: If you're going to go to a bar in San Jose to drink your face off, don't take the latest iPhone, which in case you've forgotten hasn't been released yet, with you.

LOL.

I don't think it's fake, if it was running OS 3 then it'd be different, but there's too much going for it.

In any case, I don't like what it's looking like, hope they change that.

Rob2687 said,
Did it come from another dimension?

yeah, from the same that Walter took Peter... you know the Fringe series... it's real. lol

John S. said,

Another thanks...that was my first thought. Glad someone else recognized it and had a photo.


Neither the original finding nor that post that Kol posted prove that anything is wrong/right.

So I whoever found it did turn it in to the local Police Dept. right? Just checking, otherwise it's theft. They have to advertise it in the Police Dept, and a local news paper for like 30 days, and if noone claims it with proof, then the person who found it can keep it.

xendrome said,
So I whoever found it did turn it in to the local Police Dept. right? Just checking, otherwise it's theft. They have to advertise it in the Police Dept, and a local news paper for like 30 days, and if noone claims it with proof, then the person who found it can keep it.

Like they are really going to do that...unless they return it and Apple gives them something for being nice =D

With no picture of the OS running on the phone I call it a fake. The least they could have done is snapped a picture of the home screen.

necrosis said,
With no picture of the OS running on the phone I call it a fake. The least they could have done is snapped a picture of the home screen.

It was on but It turned off and cannot be turned on.

Does anyone even read the articles on the news?

I actually like it. The sides remind me of the iPads and Macbooks. I preferred the aluminium iPhone myself.

Maybe the person that dropped the device has already reported it, and therfore Apple have disabled the device? If they can provide a service to erase data (Find my iPhone), I'm sure they can disable a dev device.

Chris said,
Maybe the person that dropped the device has already reported it, and therfore Apple have disabled the device? If they can provide a service to erase data (Find my iPhone), I'm sure they can disable a dev device.

I was thinking the same...

This is crazy ... any developer of any kind knows not to drag a prototype to a bar. It stays in the office. Or if it's being transported, gets done by the highest grade courier. Sorry, I'm finding this hard to believe. That said ... it would be cool if the new iPhone looked like that. Always hated the curves of the iPhone. Makes it easier to slip out of your hands.

If the story is true, and this phone was found on the floor of a bar, here's a radical idea: try to return the phone to it's owner. I know, I know, it's a shiny phone with an Apple logo on it and of course, that gives us every right to tear it down and analyse it with no regard for the owner. But the human inside me says the owner would probably want it back.

MrA said,
If the story is true, and this phone was found on the floor of a bar, here's a radical idea: try to return the phone to it's owner. I know, I know, it's a shiny phone with an Apple logo on it and of course, that gives us every right to tear it down and analyse it with no regard for the owner. But the human inside me says the owner would probably want it back.

He problably shouldnt even be out in public with this phone. It is to test, not for other people to see it.

Just another stupid Apple news/buzz. I don't believe anything till I see it, and I still find it hard to believe even then.

luke_smily_face said,
How do you know it was running iPhone OS 4, Engadget didn't report that?

they said it was running the newest OS, iPhone OS 4.0.

Whoa, I'm really hoping its a dev phone and not the real thing, I don't mind it looking that, but it looks way to bulky.

Sl3epwalka said,
do i see a removable battery?

yeah thats the thing i was wondering as well i mean it doesnt look that good compared to the older models.

Lol, if it's a real iPhone, why didn't the owner use 'Find my iPhone' feature? A real Apple employee would have found it already.....

What's interesting about the pictures is the fact that the device looks like it is made of plastic, which isn't something Apple commonly does. While I could be wrong, it's just an observation.

It looks cool, reminds me too much of the way Microsoft designs things, and Apple usually doesn't go for contemporary product design, but industrial design.

Bootlegged phone from china?


Na, but the battery comment above does cause speculation. However, unless apple uses this prototype case specifically for dev builds to allow the phone to go down in case of a complete lock up during the testing process (software)

ivdubvr6i said,
Bootlegged phone from china?


Na, but the battery comment above does cause speculation. However, unless apple uses this prototype case specifically for dev builds to allow the phone to go down in case of a complete lock up during the testing process (software)


it's impossible that it's a Chinese knock-off. They usually run a similar UI, but never the official one. The report says it was running the iPhone OS 4.0 too.

It's definitely an iPhone hardware, but they need to rip it apart and see if it's hardware matches any lineup of the iPhone.

No way that's real - the fourth pic shows an easily replaceable battery, which goes against Apple's policy of making the parts that are most likely to break the hardest and most expensive to fix.

Exactly my thoughts! As soon as I saw the replaceable battery, I jumped to the conclusion that this is either fake or not a production device. It's very possible that a development unit has a replaceable battery as they would want easier, faster, instant access to changing the battery in case they've done something wrong. They'll definitely change that on the production units.

z_rudy said,
Exactly my thoughts! As soon as I saw the replaceable battery, I jumped to the conclusion that this is either fake or not a production device. It's very possible that a development unit has a replaceable battery as they would want easier, faster, instant access to changing the battery in case they've done something wrong. They'll definitely change that on the production units.

They need a replaceable battery by EU law, maybe they are going to follow it? (for once)

don't like the sharp edges...prefer the curved feel of the current model..

it looks rigid like the macbook pro's aluminum chassis....I doubt they would go to this...

.Kompressor said,
don't like the sharp edges...prefer the curved feel of the current model..

it looks rigid like the macbook pro's aluminum chassis....I doubt they would go to this...

You're creating a scenario that involves a paradox. You're saying it looks rigid like the MacBook Pro's aluminum chassis, and yet you doubt that they would go with that. Apple's products tend to look alike, they might be trying to maintain their theme by evolving their iPhone into something of that sort.

Gabe3 said,
doesn't look like it will feel good in the hands
Yea, too square. Love the tampered feel of the 3G. Also seems rather thick.

wow

I love the new design. It finally looks like the expensive smart phone that it is rather than a plastic toy.
(seriously)

PeterKD said,
wow

I love the new design. It finally looks like the expensive smart phone that it is rather than a plastic toy.
(seriously)

+1

nabz0r said,
I don't like it either as mentioned in above posts, it doens't even look like an iphone. ^^

its a PROTOTYPE!!!!! but thats ok even appls prototypes have to look amazing just to please all the haters and FAKE cryers

i think the new iphone will have simalur looks to the ipad.

xSuRgEx said,

its a PROTOTYPE!!!!! but thats ok even appls prototypes have to look amazing just to please all the haters and FAKE cryers

i think the new iphone will have simalur looks to the ipad.

so it's going to be twice as absorbent?

and what is simalur....seriously do you people not use spell check before posting?

who ever droped that dev unit is going to have their balls in a vice on monday, lol
knowing steve jobs he will use the darkside force and do it from his underground super secret base.

this isnt the 1st time an unrelease apple device has gone missing.

xSuRgEx said,
who ever droped that dev unit is going to have their balls in a vice on monday, lol
knowing steve jobs he will use the darkside force and do it from his underground super secret base.

this isnt the 1st time an unrelease apple device has gone missing.


IIRC the last time that happened the guy committed suicide.

Fake or not, that device looks bulky compared to current and previous iPhones.
If the back is really flat as shown in the pictures, expect really low volume for the ringtone during an incoming call. Unless the speaker is somewhere else. I can barely even hear the ringer on the K850i due to a flat back surface.

way2quik said,
Fake or not, that device looks bulky compared to current and previous iPhones.
If the back is really flat as shown in the pictures, expect really low volume for the ringtone during an incoming call. Unless the speaker is somewhere else. I can barely even hear the ringer on the K850i due to a flat back surface.

Currently the ringer is on the bottom of the device, not the back. I cannot imagine this changing

What are the odds, seriously. And the person who picks it up happens to take pictures and post it on the internet. Wow.

Billus said,
What are the odds, seriously. And the person who picks it up happens to take pictures and post it on the internet. Wow.

It's happened before!

Billus said,
What are the odds, seriously. And the person who picks it up happens to take pictures and post it on the internet. Wow.

Why, what would you do? put it in a fish tank?

No, that's not an iPhone. Apple would never go for that plasticky silver look. Maybe it's a prototype though, who knows.

Also, has anyone heard of 80GB flash drives? I know Intel does an 80GB SSD. But Apple wouldn't use an SSD in an iPhone would they?

kraized said,
Also, has anyone heard of 80GB flash drives? I know Intel does an 80GB SSD. But Apple wouldn't use an SSD in an iPhone would they?

if apple can make theyr own processors.. im sure they can squeeze 80gig into the iphone

kraized said,
Also, has anyone heard of 80GB flash drives? I know Intel does an 80GB SSD. But Apple wouldn't use an SSD in an iPhone would they?

iPhones have always used flash memory (which SSDs essentially are). What are you on about?

kraized said,
Also, has anyone heard of 80GB flash drives? I know Intel does an 80GB SSD. But Apple wouldn't use an SSD in an iPhone would they?

For testing features, a magnetic drive was problably used in this iPhone

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
a.Apple planted it to throw people off

b.But it looks cool Very Zune-y.


a.haha, that's what I tought too
b.in combination with OS 4, I think it will become a hype again and sell very easy

It says its unmarked on the back yet they've confirmed it has an 80GB flash drive. How did they know that without turning it on?

kraized said,
It says its unmarked on the back yet they've confirmed it has an 80GB flash drive. How did they know that without turning it on?

they said it was in a working state when they found it.. so it was turned on..
how would they else know its running the iphone OS 4 SDK?

x-tarek said,

they said it was in a working state when they found it.. so it was turned on..
how would they else know its running the iphone OS 4 SDK?

But why isn't it working now huh?

I'm sure Apple has a remote brick option on their development models. Maybe even a dead-man's switch to disable the unit if the server can't be reached to authorize continued use. Apple is a very secretive bunch.

random_n said,
I'm sure Apple has a remote brick option on their development models. Maybe even a dead-man's switch to disable the unit if the server can't be reached to authorize continued use. Apple is a very secretive bunch.

Other site is reporting, "isn't booting at this point (though it was previously, and running an OS that was decidedly new)."

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It does look real. I wonder why they didn't turn it on to show the purported 640x960 screen with quadruple the number of pixels.

sabrex said,
It does look real. I wonder why they didn't turn it on to show the purported 640x960 screen with quadruple the number of pixels.

Exactly, why not turn it on and show us it is in fact running iPhone OS?

sabrex said,
It does look real. I wonder why they didn't turn it on to show the purported 640x960 screen with quadruple the number of pixels.

and isn't booting at this point (though it was previously, and running an OS that was decidedly new).

From the original article on Engadget. They didn't turn it on because they couldn't turn it on. As replied below.

SweetRiverBaynes said,
If the front facing camera works, I'd say it's not a fake.

Exactly. That would pretty much seal it for me. I know fakes can be pretty elaborate in China from first-hand experiences, but they never - never - come with custom hardware features meeting rumors like this, and working. Rather the contrary in that case, looking exactly like an iPhone 3G but without GPS, for example. That they're hacking an OS for cheap and more limited hardware and putting it in a convincing casing.

Edited by Northgrove, Apr 18 2010, 10:19am :

KoL said,
Probably fake. I really don't like it.
it's fake because you don't like it? I think it's real but a dev unit, not the final product. Mind you, I wouldn't mind if the final product looked like that though.

Xerxes said,
it's fake because you don't like it?

Erm no, I didn't say its fake because I dont like.

Edited by KoL, Apr 18 2010, 1:25am :

Xerxes said,
it's fake because you don't like it? I think it's real but a dev unit, not the final product. Mind you, I wouldn't mind if the final product looked like that though.

I actually like the look of that one. It looks to be more solid and probably more durable too.

KoL said,
Probably fake. I really don't like it.

The phone is real, the story is real, it has the iPhone 4 SDK installed and compatible with the device (wtf and how, if it isn't an iPhone?)... Hmm, it could perhaps be something elaborate done for Chinese piracy markets, but that's the only way I can come up with.

kraized said,
It's errm... not very curvy.

well.. i prefer the 1st iphone. I could actually place in on a flat surface and not have it wobble. I think it looks nice.

Recon415 said,

It's an early prototype to test for functionality, not looks.

What does the quality of the pictures taken of the phone found, have to do with the look of the device?