Proof that the "lost" iPhone is real (UPDATE: more pics)

As of this morning, sites began reporting that the "lost" iPhone that had been found in California may actually be a Japanese counterfeit. Applesfera claimed the following (translated by Google Translate):

"Update: Our reader Ivan Meneses has contacted us to tell us that this supposed new iPhone could actually be a Japanese clone, which he is due to a relative who brought it from Japan."

It was originally believed that the iPhone could have been some sort of early prototype. With news of it possibly being fake, people across the Internet began with their "I knew it" comments, saying that the design was too ugly to be the real iPhone. 

Well, leave it to Engadget to put all speculation to rest. Josh Topolsky has has conjured up an image from our past to prove the phone's legitimacy. Below is a leaked picture back from the iPad launch. Topolsky notes the iPhone present. However, this iPhone is not one that we've seen in the past--it has a front facing camera (though it's in a case, which hides the form factor). If you analyze the picture a bit further, you will see the presence of another iPhone in the top right corner. Doesn't it look familiar?

UPDATE: More images have appeared on the MacRumors forum. The shots were taken from WeiPhone and appear to be the guts and face of the upcoming iPhone. These images further add to the belief that the new iPhone will carry a similar form factor to the one found in California. You can check the pictures out in the gallery below.

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"Proof" is a real stretch here. "Something that may support our hunch" would be way more accurate. That's some real professional journalism there, Engadget.

MountainSnake said,
Who cares? Please rename the website to neomac.net

LOL!!!
It reminds me the foolish debate around windows 7 name ("no this is the 7th version" or "no the number 7 is wrong, it's the 9th version" and so on...).
It's an obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Elliott said,
My money's still on it being a knockoff.

Engadget does get a bit trigger happy, but meh, It's pretty much the real deal, sorry.

"This further adds to the credibility of the phone found in California. " What exactly did you mean? Thus the new pics could also be from any other iPhone clone with a front side camera. No iPhone 4.0 running, no deal.

Luis Mazza said,
"This further adds to the credibility of the phone found in California. " What exactly did you mean? Thus the new pics could also be from any other iPhone clone with a front side camera. No iPhone 4.0 running, no deal.
Fair enough. I re-worded it. Thank you.

so apple, a company that would hold a 5 day press conference if they added a wallpaper to the app store, lets it's tech run around town with prototype iphones. sure.
they lose these phones and somebody who cares / knows enough about iphones finds it and posts about it on the interwebs. sure.
magically they find a blurry photo of what could be either the magical iphone or an oreo cookie which proves without a doubt it real. sure.
but wait! new photos of random pieces of plastic and metal must prove it since they have an apple logo watermarked on them! sweet jebus, it is the new iphone!

twist said,
so apple, a company that would hold a 5 day press conference if they added a wallpaper to the app store, lets it's tech run around town with prototype iphones. sure.
they lose these phones and somebody who cares / knows enough about iphones finds it and posts about it on the interwebs. sure.
magically they find a blurry photo of what could be either the magical iphone or an oreo cookie which proves without a doubt it real. sure.
but wait! new photos of random pieces of plastic and metal must prove it since they have an apple logo watermarked on them! sweet jebus, it is the new iphone!
people will believe anything

There isn't more buttons on this unknown phone that my 3GS, there is the Power, Home, Mute. There is just Vol Up/Vol Down that aren't on the same button. Also old iPods are not the same design as iPod touch today, so after 3 versions of the iPhone, it's possible that Apple will try to change the design. Personnaly I like the new design, but it won't be everyone that will ( if it's the real thing ), also there is people that will buy anything that have "iPhone" written on it.

John. said,
My money is on it not being the final product. Doesn't look Apple enough. Too many buttons for a start.

to be honest i think this is just a clone. I mean you would think who ever is working on the concept models of the iPhone at Apple wouldn't be just walking around with it exposed right? The way I look at it is that this must be a clone that could have been dropped intentionally to cause this stir

barteh said,
It looks incredibly thick, but this would be the case if it to actually be 80gb?

make it slightly thicker, add more storage and a bigger battery....

The main reason its fake is the shape of it. Unibody iPhone would be sweet. But just looking at the iPad shows they can taper it much nicer and not have so many hard angles.

Xero said,
The main reason its fake is the shape of it. Unibody iPhone would be sweet. But just looking at the iPad shows they can taper it much nicer and not have so many hard angles.

A prototype is just to test the hardware. The actual exterior design can be altered at any point.

LOL I *just* read on MacRumors that it's a Japanese counterfeit, aka a FALSE iPhone, not from Apple.

PsykX said,
LOL I *just* read on MacRumors that it's a Japanese counterfeit, aka a FALSE iPhone, not from Apple.

But then thats the same thing someone said about the iPad in that photo... that its just a knock off tablet pc...... and look what turned out to exist

I think it's real. In the blurry picture, you can see the silent mode switch and 2 round volume buttons and a faint line where the phone speaker is on the face of the phone.

I really hope this is not the final design just the hardware. The unibody iPhone people were saying was 4G looked much nicer.

McDave said,
I really hope this is not the final design just the hardware. The unibody iPhone people were saying was 4G looked much nicer.

Hmmm me too, the 'new' iPhone look doesn't look great...

Draconian Guppy said,
Heh... In the age that even cellphones have HD video and 10mp cameras, blurry images will always pop out

Once again, trying to sneak images and the time it takes to focus a camera.... the two contradict each other.... you get quick images which are out of focus.. cant have speed and clarity without a high end camera which is not usually a low end CMOS chip in a cell phone.... and if you had a better cam, someone is going to be supicious

EgyptianDuck said,
Sorry, but all I see I a blurred shaky pic.

The gallery pics below the story is pretty easy to recognize from the "lost phone" however.

Frylock86 said,

Quick snap of a cell cam most likely.

It reminds me the UFO pictures... Always show smoething but they are always blurry xD...

lflashl said,

yea why is it alway blurry!!!

If you are using a slow focusing camera and want to take a picture very fast with no one seeing, it wont have time to focus correctly....... you take what you can get in the case of espionage and leaking.... I know my cell phone camera takes a second or more to focus in bright light and even longer in not so bright light....

bdsams said,
Lord Jobs will not be happy about this...

Are you nuts?! He's going to be fuming!

Edited by The Teej, Apr 18 2010, 10:38pm :

bdsams said,
Lord Jobs will not be happy about this...

Meh, I'm still thinking that if it is real, it's been orchestrated by apple to generate hype.

Nihilus said,

Meh, I'm still thinking that if it is real, it's been orchestrated by apple to generate hype.

My thinking exactly. What are the odds, seriously. If you have an early prototype you tie it around your neck or wrist.

Nihilus said,

Meh, I'm still thinking that if it is real, it's been orchestrated by apple to generate hype.


yeah must be of one their promtoting plans.