Gizmodo reveals (leaks) the next iPhone (iPhone 4)

Gizmodo got its hands on a lost iPhone 4 (the next iPhone set to be released this summer). Gizmodo posted an article – which has secured over 3 million hits in less than 24 hours – that leaked details about the iPhone 4. Some predict the demise of Gizmodo by the hands of Apple legal. So get the scoop before Steve Jobs nukes Gawker Media!

What’s new

  • Front-facing video chat camera
  • Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
  • Camera flash
  • Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
  • Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
  • What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
  • Split buttons for volume
  • Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s changed

  • The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
  • An aluminum border going completely around the outside
  • Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
  • Everything is more squared off
  • 3 grams heavier
  • 16% Larger battery
  • Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

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  • karen

    @Joji: I’ve never held a iPod Touch so I’m not sure how light they are in comparison to the iPhone.  But 3 grams is not very much extra weight.  I use my iPhone all the time one-handed and my hand/wrist never gets tired.  Maybe some hand/wrist strengthing is in order :-)

  • karen

    @Ron: Yes, the iPad is a blast.  And no Apple II was not before I was born (before I was conscious of computers, yes).  And I still like my HP (Win7) laptop.  In fact, the other night I had my iPhone (texting), iPad (surfing), laptop (ripping DVDs), and the TV (well the kids were watching something on it in the same room) all in use at the same time.  All the devices have their uses and they are all fun.

  • Joji

    @Refpeuk: heavy = omg… it hurts my hands! D:
    I dunno why many of my friends keep on dropping their cellphones all the time, and eventually cracking their screens or breaking the back of their cellphones, but I prefer life; I’m really careful with electronics unlike some people.
    So dude, heavy is actually kind of bad, I don’t like doing stuff on my iPhone that would be frigin heavier than before! Apple should make it lighter… perhaps almost the weight of iPod Touch?

  • Ron

    @karen: I can appreciate how you feel; I bet you’re having a ball with your iPad. The only Apple machine I ever used was an Apple II in the late 70’s – probably before you were born! I build my own machines, including my server. I’ve even overhauled and upgraded a couple of laptops. For all its’ occasional fits and starts, I stay with Windows and Linux. Just suits me fine.
    Now if an iPad fell from space into my hands… well, I sure would play with it. (bg)

  • Refpeuk

    You know what, I couldn’t care less how heavy this thing is, it just makes it feel a bit heftier and more solid.  The other iphones always felt a bit like toys, but here’s one I would actually love to buy.

  • Joji

    3grams heavier!?  Uhm, the iPhone is already heavy enough… no thanks.
    Though, if there’s an iPod Touch V4.0, with the same design with camera, then yes, I’ll go for it. :D
    I like square designs, they looks cooler! XD

  • Mike

    @Karen and @Ashraf:  Yep, I understand from the Gizmodo report that Apple wasn’t getting back.  That can be the saving grace for the finder and Gizmodo.  And I guess Gizmodo’s saving grace for its deconstruct is, it just HAD to investigate the phone to see if it really was Apple legit. …

  • Boyet103

    Publicity.Free publicity.Like the Name iPad.Mr. Jobs is simply genius on making you part way with your hard earned cash LOL.Time to upgrade again people, I guess.

  • Ashraf

    @Mike: If that was the case, than the sale definitely is not legal. However, in all seriousness is Apple really going to sue Gizmodo? I highly doubt it, especially considering Gizmodo <3 Apple.

    @karen: Steve Jobs must be slapping himself right now.

  • karen

    @Mike: Some of the stories going around say that the guy that found it tried to return it by calling Apple’s general support line but couldn’t get anyone to believe him.

  • Mike

    The Gizmodo account of how the phone was lost; the unsuccessful attempt by the original finder to return it (apparently, Apple never got back to him?); and the Gizmodo offer to Apple to return it, after Gizmodo obtained it.  An interesting story, albeit 2x as long as need be.

    There’s also an article there about how Apple has come to ask for the phone back (thus establishing its genuine nature), and how Gizmodo came to offer to return the phone, “once it had determined that the phone was genuine” … 

    According to the article: 

    Our legal team told us that in California the law states, “If it is lost, the owner has three years to reclaim or title passes to the owner of the premises where the property was found. The person who found it had the duty to report it.” Which, actually, the guys who found it tried to do, but were pretty much ignored by Apple.

  • Mike

    Local press reported that Gizmodo bought the phone from the person who found it in Silicon Valley, for US$5,000.

    An interesting question:  was the sale of the item by the finder, and the purchase by Gizmodo, legal?  If you know that an item was lost by someone and can easily return it, is it legal to sell it or to buy it?  Of course, there’s a further morality question as well (but heaven forbid I bring that up …).

  • karen

    @Ron – I used to be one of those people. Until a couple of years ago, my cell only made calls and was rarely used.  I only had it in case of emergencies since I had a kid in daycare.
    And then I got the iPhone 3G.  I had never liked Apple products, swore I would never use one, etc (I even build my own PCs).  But I was looking for a new phone.  Tried out blackberries, palms, etc first.  The Apple store was across the aisle from the Verizon store in the mall, so I wandered in.  It was love at first sight (touch?).
    A couple of years later and I was there waiting in line at the Apple store for an iPad on day 1…
    So I understand not getting the Apple hype and I understand getting caught up in the hype.  I’m not one of those “fanboys” that refuses to admit to any shortcomings with Apple or its products (of course there are shortcomings, all products have them), but at the same time Apple makes it very hard to put their products down once you actually get one in your hands.
    I have a friend who told me only 10 days ago that “it would be a cold day in hell before he ever bought an Apple product”, then he played with one in a Best Buy for over an hour (and was glad that they were out of stock so he didn’t have to make a decision) and while not buying one now, is actually thinking about getting one when version 2.0 comes out.   So Apple is pretty good at changing people’s minds.

  • Jabtano

    really lost in a bar? sounds like a plant by apple.

  • Ha! IT”S OFFICIAL!  THIS IS IT! Gizmodo just posted an article with a
    “please return our prototype” letter.

  • @Ron: Funny.  I’m one of those people who uses their phone for making and receiving texts; no calls, internet, blah blah blah.
    /is on the cheapest number of minutes

  • Ron


    I never fully understood the iPhone fervor. I finally got a cell phone four years ago. I use it for making and receiving calls; no text, internet, blah, blah, blah. I realize there are many users who “need” more from a phone, I’m just not one who does.

  • Ashraf

    @Caleb: German beer happened:

    Need I say another reason why alcohol is bad. =P

  • Caleb

    Whatever happened to Apple’s “impenetrable security?”