New iPhone: Front-Facing Camera, High Res Screen, High Res Camera With Flash, Micro-SIM Card And More Proof [Updated]

iPhone 4

The plot thickens. Engadget insists that the images, which were published yesterday are not fake as we had reported earlier today.

They claim to have got “solid proof” that confirms that the device in the images is Apple’s new iPhone.

Update: This is Apple's new iPhone

Engadget is basing its claims on the images that it had received of the iPad, the night before it was unveiled by Apple, which they believe came from Apple’s test lab.

When they inspected the leaked iPad images again today, they discovered that the device, which looks similar to one in the images that they received yesterday was placed on the table next to the iPad prototype.

As you can see in the image below, the left side of the device (new iPhone) is visible on the upper right corner of the image (with a red arrow pointing to it):

iPhone 4 

Photo from yesterday’s article:

iPhone 4 

Engadget is confident that the images of the iPad prototype came from an Apple test lab, so it believes that the other device is Apple’s new iPhone.

Interesting, but it still doesn’t make sense that prototype of Apple’s new iPhone that is probably used for some real world testing of the new hardware looks like an iPhone clone that was purchased in Japan. If Apple really wanted to camouflage its new iPhone, wouldn’t it make sense to simply design the prototype exactly like an iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS? Why would the prototype of Apple's new iPhone look like an iPhone clone? Any ideas?

The tidbits that Engadget reveals towards the end of their post are actually the interesting part. They claim that their source who confirms that the device in the image is the next generation iPhone has also told them that iPhone 4G will get the following new hardware features:

  • Higher resolution screen

  • Front-facing camera

  • Higher resolution camera with flash

  • It will take Micro-SIM card like the iPad

So are you convinced by the proof given by Engadget? 

Update 1:

John Gruber of Daring Fireballwho has a good track record with Apple predictions has made the following comments about images published by Engadget after making a few calls to his sources:

  • He believes that the device is an actual unit from Apple, apparently Apple is very interested in getting it back.
  • He is not certain if this is the actual unit actual production unit Apple intends to ship to consumers in summer.
  • He thinks it's a testbed frame as it is thicker, with visible (un-Apple-like) seams, disguised to fit in an iPhone 3G case.
  • However, he thinks that the new hardware features in the next generation iPhone might be accurate as he knows from his sources that the next iPhone will get a front-facing camera and 960×640 display.
  • He believes that the “80 GB” of storage could be a mistake as SSD storage typically comes only in even power-of-two increments but isn't sure. 

What do think about the possibility of those new hardware features? Let us know in the comments below. 

Update 2:

This could be Apple's new iPhone

[via Engadget]