Leaked iPhone in the Wild
By now everyone who follows Apple or the tech community in general knows that recently a purported prototype of the next generation iPhone was discovered in the wild. Generally, this time of year we have become accustomed to the rumor mill coming alive with all sorts of alleged new features for the impending iPhone refresh. This year is no different, except for the fact that, thanks to Gizmodo.com, we actually have what is believed to be a late production version of what we will see revealed at the still unannounced WWDC, typically scheduled for June or July.
Front Facing Camera
Based upon an intense review by Gizmodo.com, we can see that, even at first glance, the fourth generation iPhone has many features that are apparent from the moment you pick up the phone. Perhaps the most noticeable and sought after characteristic on the leaked iPhone is the addition of a font-facing camera. Apple has been rumored to be working on the implementation of a front-facing camera for video chat purposes.
Flash and Larger Lens
While we are on the subject of cameras, it appears that the camera on the back of the phone, primarily used to take pictures and video, has been upgraded, too, evident by the increase in lens size. Moreover, it appears we finally get a much needed flash, too.
Gizmodo has also reported that the display may be improved, but by the time they did their review, the iPhone had become unresponsive. Initially it was recognized by iTunes as an iPhone. However, we never saw any screen shots to verify the bump in resolution.
Gone is the familiar aluminum rocker volume button. This button was replaced with two separate metallic buttons. The consensus here is that we will finally get a dedicated button used for taking a picture instead of having to control the shutter with the onscreen touch process currently employed. The mute and power buttons also share the same metallic appearance.
The Sim card slot has been moved to the side of the phone from it’s familiar location on the centered, top portion of the phone. Further investigating by Gizmodo reveals that it is actually now a Micro-Sim card like the ones used in the new iPad. These are unique in that no other cell phones in the US currently use them, further giving credibility to the idea that this is a new phone.
New Surface on Back
Finally, the back of the leaked iPhone appears to be made from a ceramic, or perhaps glass substrate, which would allow for a better phone reception than both the original aluminum backing, and the plastic backing that came on the 3G and the 3GS.
“The Next iPhone Uncovered,” Gizmodo.com