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Tech Blog Acquires Next-Gen iPhone

April 20, 2010

Information about the next generation of Apple iPhone has hit the Web, with AOL’s tech website Engadget posting photos of the device and gadget blog Gizmodo reporting on Monday that they actually have obtained one of the new smartphones.

According to an April 19 blog post by Gizmodo’s Jason Chen, the phone was found in a Redwood City area bar, not far from the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. It was reportedly disguised as an iPhone 3GS, and was turned over to Chen’s website by the individual who found it.

In his post, Chen discussed the possibility that it was a hoax, saying, “We get false tips all the time. But after playing with it for about a week–the overall quality feels exactly like a finished final Apple phone–and disassembling this unit, there is so much evidence stacked in its favor, that there’s very little possibility that it’s a fake. In fact, the possibility is almost none.”

Furthermore, Chen says that there are reports circulating that the company has indeed lost a prototype model of the new iPhone. The Associated Press (AP) attempted to contact Apple, but received no response as of late Monday afternoon.

Among the differences between the alleged prototype and the current generation iPhone are the addition of a front video chat camera, a larger rear camera, and a flash.

Furthermore, the device utilizes micro-SIM cards instead of standard SIM, has a somewhat smaller but higher resolution display screen, and volume buttons. The supposed next gen iPhone is also heavier, has a larger battery, and sports a smooth, flat back, according to the Gizmodo blog post.

The original iPhone was released in 2007, and to date has sold over 50 million units.

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