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Yet Another Possible 3rd Gen iPhone?!

Yeah, we're suffering just as much anticipointment over all these possible maybe blurry photoshopped "leaks" of the 3rd gen iPhone as you are. But the wait for WWDC's Monday keynote -- for the real answers! -- is just about driving us batty anyway, so we might as well distract ourselves.

Engadget grabbed this one from Nowhere Else. How does it grab your?

[Thanks to @jeffdc5 for the tip!]

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • thats how i would picture the phone in my mind... i just hope so bad we get a front facing camera that would be the hotness
  • that phone is so boring... i really hope thats not what its going to look like, if they just keep the same exact design and just take away the part of the phone that makes it look nice (chrome bezel) i would be very disappointed
  • Nope. That's an iPhone 3G with a case on it. I've seen that case before and many people on the Engadget website have seen it as well.
  • Well that make the third "source" showing a high-mounted speaker. It would appear that fakers are all concentrating on showing this Hi-mic.
    And why is the date in the Calendar App showing Thursday the 19t, which hasn't happened since March, and more than one of these fakes have used that date as well as the 10:30 time.
    And Russ, please describe how this is Boring, and how retaining the shiny bezel would make it less so.
  • @Big Willie:
    Case? Are you serious? How does a Case move the speaker to the top edge?
    Its probably a fake, but it is definitely not a CASE.
    There is enough trash rumors going around without you posting total nonsense.
  • @ icebike
    atleast (based on the picture) it just looks dull and low end.... as you know, the pre is all black but pulls it off and it looks nice, even though many reviewers have said that it looks and feels like a toy... idk why apple would want to go in that direction with the iphone
  • I don't think this is the real one but it looks nice enough, and it seems to coincide with all the rumors. I for one would be happy if the new phone is like that.
  • I believe on this one, higher speaker, the front camera for iChat, it's just like that photo of the new iPod Nano we saw months ago.
  • its fake, this image ( just been stuck over the old screen. if you look carefully, you can even see it says the batteries charging. when its blatantly not.
  • as long as there is a front facing camera i am happy
  • Fake. It has the battery charging sign on. And it's just like the other pics of the matte back EXCEPT the camera is showing. So it'd have to be a photoshopped case with the camera filled in instead of hollow like the other matte backing pics.
    Also if you look under the speaker you can see what LOOKS like a front facing camera
    That's good (the camera part) but the whole design isn't good. Too much like the 3G and no big changes like ultra thin or unibody
  • I hope that's real, but I hope there is an all white one too, with even a white screen bezel!! That would make me but for sure
  • I like the chrome bezzle and the shinny back. Also, can somebody explain to me how a front facing camera is at all useful for 90% of consumers? If I want to talk to family an friends who live far away then I use a webcam. If I'm just calling my buddy to tell him about a party or something then is it really necessary to see him as I chat with him? Useless.
    And if I can't chat over 3g then what am I supposed to use it for? Taking videos of myself and posting them to YouTube in the hopes I van become a YouTube celebrity?
    If Steve Jobs makes a video camio via iChat it will have a "that was so cool" reaction, no doubt. In terms of actual usefulness I honestly can see myself never using a front facing camera. I can brag about it? Big deal.
    Unless there are serious upgrades to RAM, processor and a flash... there is no point in me "upgrading".
  • If it has a front facing camera and can do video conference I am getting one ASAP period.
  • @Tash:
    Same. I really hope Apple enables it to record directly (or upload) to YouTube though. That would make the iPhone the PERFECT solution for the Flip video recorder and the PERFECT video blogging device.
  • If you blow up the pic you can see a front facing cam. Looks legit to me
  • Idk why everybody is saying that it has the charging thing when it dosnt, stop saying it does, I blew it up Hellas no charging symbol, (new iPhone in less than 48 hrs)
  • I wish this was real. Looks like the classic iPhone but a little different.
    I'm actually happy they aren't drastically changing it because why change somethig that is not broken ? The design influenced many other devices over the years.
    But I guess this also challenges the 16x9 iPhone concept.
  • @Matt:
    Also, can somebody explain to me how a front facing camera is at all useful for 90% of consumers? If I want to talk to family an friends who live far away then I use a webcam.
    Wait till you get a girlfriend Matt. ;-)
    Seriously, you are right, most people do NOT want to be on camera when talking on the phone for 98% of their calls.
    However, teens and twenty somethings are dieing for this, as are separated families (service members) stationed far away.
    Even grumpy old geezers like to talk to the grand kids once in a while.
    Remember when everyone said "Who the heck needs an accellerometer in a phone? What a silly idea."
    Don't count this out.
  • i hope it looks like that...although i would hate to lose the chrome matte just wont do it...but i like this design
  • I'm calling fake on this one. I'm no electrical engineer but I don't know that they could fit the earpiece speaker that close to the top of the bezel. Isn't it a round speaker? Wouldn't the top of the speaker be jutting out of the top of the case if it were that close to the top? I could be wrong on that but it doesn't look right, why wouldn't they keep the earpiece as-is and move that tiny camera to the right side which currently has no proximity or light sensors? Also, I hope they spent their time on something that people will use on a daily basis. Video iChatting is something that I would use a couple of times per month maximum, maybe I'm the exception but are people really going to video iChat people all of the time on their phones?
  • Atleast this one appears to be running 3.0,
    most other concepts appear to run 2.x.
    So one step up in how legit it is compared to other leaks.
  • no matter if this is real or fake. I think a black bezel and a matte finish casing are given. Not all leaks will have been fake once we know the true 3rd generation iphone. I like both changes btw, but I believe the more interesting changes are inside like speed, ff camera, etc.
    To all those who believe it will look cheap without the silver bezel. Well it is plastic anyway, so to me it ndver looked as particularly value enhancing. I'd rather prefer a phone that feels well manufactured (unlike G1) and functional (unlike Samsung). That is most important to me. If you want a expensive looking phone get a vertu. It is crap but it looks like the 2000 $ it costs. Just my 2 cents
  • Yaaawwwwnnnn. Super boring.
    I was excited about upgrading before this pic. I really hope this isn't the actual phone.
    Personally, I think a front facing camera is useless, but I suppose it's an extra feature, so I'll take it....I guess.
  • what were you expecting, theNEOone? It's a phone with most of it's front being used as a screen. The first time around it's interesting. After that it's minor changes and better performance. Seriously, what would be not boring... a physical keyboard? A metall enclosure that's killing 3g reception? It should be good enough to upgrade to, if you still have the 1st generation iPhone.
  • @So?
    ohhh...i dunno, maybe this:
  • This is a concept I found over there, I like it!
  • I truly don't understand why anyone would disagree with that. I think that sounds like it is something to appear a lot more closely at. I really feel occasionally alot of people could be pretty narrow minded when it arrives that. Well thats all for now, look forward to more post and information.. Talk to you men later. "As in life, Chill for best results"