Another Next Gen iPhone Prototype Out In The Wild?

iPhone 4G prototypes

There has been a lot of discussion in the past few days over Gizmodo's story that revealed pictures of what could be the next generation iPhone.

While some observers question the ethical aspect of Gizmodo obtaining what is technically a "stolen good", others have debated over the legal implications if Apple decides to take further action beyond requesting the device to be returned. 

Interestingly though, this is not the only handset that has been spotted in the wild. 

Back in February of this year, a Chinese Twitter user published several pictures of the upcoming iPhone model on his Twitter account. These pictures were however dismissed as speculations back then. But as you can see from the images below, these are virtually identical to the iPhone 4G or iPhone HD model obtained by Gizmodo.

iPhone 4G prototypes

There is however one minor difference in the way the two iPhones have been assembled. Embedded below is a side-by-side comparison of images posted by the Chinese Twitter user and by Gizmodo. You will notice that the photo published by Gizmodo contains two visible screws at the bottom of the device that is not quite evident in the other picture. 

iPhone 4G prototypes

One possible explanation for the difference could be that the iPhone obtained by Gizmodo is a device built specially for Apple employees who may need to occasionally dismantle the phone. You may recall that the iPhone obtained by Gizmodo originally belonged to an Apple engineer. Alternately, it is also possible that the two devices are among several prototypes that are being designed and tested by Apple.

What are your thoughts on this? Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

[via MacRumors]