Another Next Gen iPhone Prototype Discovered; Teardown Reveals iPad’s A4 Chip


iPhone 4G leaked in Vietnam

Gizmodo surprised the tech world with its scoop on the iPhone 4G model last month. Today, folks at Taoviet, a Vietnamese tech forum have gone a step ahead to reveal more pictures and details about what could be Apple's new iPhone.

This is significant because the iPhone showcased at Taoviet could possibly be a newer prototype that might be closer to the actual iPhone model that is expected to go on sale next month.

The iPhone unearthed by the Vietnamese website is a 16GB pre-production model that does not run any OS. Instead, the handset is loaded with a "Bonfire" test routine. The device was apparently purchased by a businessman from an anonymous source for $4000. 

Here are some observations of the newly leaked iPhone 4G model: 

  • The new iPhone prototype revealed by Gizmodo contained a pair of screws at the bottom of the device. These screws are missing in the new prototype. You may recall that the pictures of iPhone 4G published on Twitter early this year did not contain these screws as well.
  • A teardown of the new prototype reveals an Apple A4 chip, which can clock up to 1 GHz.
  • Presence of LED Flash adjacent to the camera.
  • Camera in the new prototype is larger with a tiny Chrome bezel. You may note that the bezel in the earlier iPhone 4G prototype was around the Flash hole. 
  • The back casing of the iPhone is built with a scratch-resistant Sapphire layer.
  • MicroSIM slot is on the side of the device.

iPhone 4G leaked in Vietnam

iPhone 4G leaked in Vietnam

iPhone 4G leaked in Vietnam

iPhone 4G leaked in Vietnam

iPhone 4G leaked in Vietnam

iPhone 4G leaked in Vietnam

The website has also published a video showcasing the next iPhone prototype. Check it out below:

We can't wait for the WWDC 2010 Keynote address when Steve Jobs is expected to unveil the fourth generation iPhone.

Do you like the look of the new iPhone? What do you think about the features discovered so far? 

Thanks Jeremy for the tip!

[Taoviet via Engadget]

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