4th Gen iPhone Peeked in Engadget iPad Leak?


The night before Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad, Engadget scored scored pictures of the device -- but did they score a picture of the 4th generation iPhone as well? That's what AppleInsider claims:

People with an impeccable track record in matters such as these say the iPhone in below photo, published by gadget blog Engadget in the hours leading up to Apple's iPad announcement last Wednesday, is a prototype of one of the handsets due to hit the market in roughly five months.

Let the speculation about bezels and cameras/smudges begin! After all, it's just under 5 months until WWDC 2010, the likely venue for the next iPhone unveiling!

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Aldiggi says:

Hmmmm..... Could it be a 3gs with 3.2??? I see nothing different....

Windoo says:

Damn..you beat me..

iDavey says:

Yeah. I was about to say...what makes this the G4 iPhone? What distinguishes from the 3G S

francolasalsa#IM says:

Physically I'm not surprised they look identacal, the changes of the new iPhone will be more OS and hardware related , just like the 3Gs vs the 3G

Matt says:

If that is what will become the iPhone 4 hardware, so much for a bigger screen. Personally, I think that's just either a 3G or 3GS with a case (why would they black out the bezel except at the bottom?)

Joe McG says:

Ok, that's really reaching. Slow news day, Appleinsider? If that's the next iPhone, then I'm jumping ship...

Jenny says:

I'm going to choose to believe that tiny bit of light shining next to the earphone speaker is refracting off a front mounted camera that's inset - like on the iMacs.
Yup. That's the story I'm telling myself and I'm stickin' to it.

Ryan Wade says:

Uh oh ... let the speculation begin ... ;-)

ppennza@gmail.com says:

highly doubt its a 4th gen but just to keep the rumors going... is that a forward camera next to the ear speaker

f0rdb0y says:

Yup looks like a front facing camera to me too. We can only hope. I'm guessing that 4.0 will bring more customizing otions, probably just being able to set a background image like the iPad. But we shall see soon enough.

Gobucks says:

I don't think I can wait that long, the HTC passion/bravo will be too tempting. It is a shame Steve gave no details of iPhone OS4.0 at the ipad launch to keep those of us who are out of contract from switching to Android but as sales of iPhone are so strong I guess there was no need...

Drake says:

Good rumor. Not good evidence. Too hard to tell.

Dale says:

I think you will find it's a iPhone 3g/3gs in a otter box case!

Keyur says:

Whatever that thing is the 3gs or 4g, Im freaking excited to see hardware changes.

Tansen says:

I don't think this is the 4th Gen iphone... If it really was, then it most certainly does not have an AMOLED or OLED screen (due to the blue tint it has at this angle). I think this is fake. If this really is the 4th gen iphone, then I think I might jump ship as well. That Nexus One with its 800x480 screen is starting to look real nice... I don't think Apple will fail us by not upgrading the screen resolution due to the huge competition now WITH huge resolution screens, because of the iPad with its different resolutions. I hope...

hand me the gun and ask me again says:

thats the first thing i started to believe.. is it nearly june yet ?

Disgruntled says:

"Ok, that’s really reaching. Slow news day, Appleinsider? If that’s the next iPhone, then I’m jumping ship…" - Joe McG

Dexter says:

"If that’s the next iPhone, then I’m jumping ship… "

Edie says:

I would believe a front facing camera would only work to take pictures of yourself or another, not for iChat. (Unless wirelessly)
But this picture does look a little dark.
Please bring it to Sprint instead of Verizon! (If there were to be a CDMA device.) Pshhhh, hahah!
But seriously, Sprint instead.

ppennza@gmail.com says:

i dont know i would like to see a change in the actual look of the phone

Nick says:

Does anyone else notice this looks exactly like a Palm Pre. Is Apple conceding the superiority of the Pre design?

iDutch says:

Apple will not put everything everyone may want, you already know this. So if u hate the phone now just jump ship already...

Cody says:

Enough with the rumors, look what happened with the iPad.

igorsky says:

I hope you guys that are jumping ship are on AT&T...it'd be nice to get some extra bandwidth.

igorsky says:

Sarcasm aside, what do you guys think is so wrong with the phone enough to jump ship? Without any changes at all it's still the best phone out there. Take it from a former Blackberry user.

Aaron says:

Looks... like an iPhone

iDutch says:

@igorsky exactly, the phone got them hooked enough to come to a website... about the phone, so @joe mcg please quit trolling, the number of times you've said you're going to jump ship are already reason enough to do so.

The real truth says:

superiority of the pre design? That's the funniest thing I've heard all day maybe even yesterday too. Good one!!!!

GoWirelessKentucky.com says:

This is legit. I know someone who flew to China some years ago and when I showed him the photo, he said, "Yes, iPhone 4 sale"
I'm not sure if he means that it is iPhone 4 or the iPhone is now for sale...
There is a difference including the sticker. That to me is a sure sign that it is legit. I hope they have MobileMe on that device to track it.

UTVOL06 says:

I see no difference between that and a current 3GS..looks like a black aftermarket case to me. No difference in size or button location.

Jerry says:

loooks like you have a new homescreen.. .copying android eh? ...
Iphone fans should like this better than hardware upgrades..
The problem with the IPhone is its restrictive OS ... hardware could last another year.

kev says:

Do you guys really think the new iPhone is going to look much different from the previous 3 versions?

Jon says:

This is just an iphone 3gs with a black case

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