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  (Source: Gizmodo)

Is this the iPhone 4G?  (Source: Engadget)
The iPhone 4G saga blows up over the weekend

"Is you is or is you ain't my baby?" Over the weekend, Engadget posted pictures of what it claimed to be the next generation iPhone 4G. The pictures sparked quite a debate over their authenticity and many flatly rejected the design saying that it was too ugly to be an iPhone.

Detractors noted the blocky shape and seams along the edge of the devices as reasons why this design couldn't have possibly come from the likes of Jonathan Ive. Mac Rumors seemed to confirm that the pictures were indeed fakes with a posting yesterday which claimed that this wasn't the iPhone 4G, but instead a Japanese knock-off.

Engadget fought back citing more evidence that this was indeed the iPhone 4G. And to further confirm the pictures, Daring Fireball's John Gruber -- Steve Jobs' biggest fan -- has posted his own comments verifying the authenticity of the pictures. Gruber cites a 2006 patent for a "radio transparent" ceramic smartphone enclosure which would seem to match up with the photos posted over the weekend.

"I think it’s a testbed frame — thicker, with visible (un-Apple-like) seams, meant to fit in 3GS cases so as to disguise units out in the wild," said Gruber. "It’s hard to tell from the photos. But I think it is the real deal in terms of the internals and display being next-gen iPhone hardware, and the new glass back."

According to tipsters that provided the original pics and commentary from Gruber, here are just some of the features thought to be on the iPhone 4G:

  • Apple A4 processor
  • 640x960 display
  • High resolution rear camera with flash
  • Front-facing camera for video conferencing
  • MicroSIM support 

We'll know for sure if this is the next generation iPhone at Apple's event scheduled for late June.

In other news, Apple has announced that the iPad 3G will ship for U.S. customers by May 7. The iPad 3G is priced at $629, $729, and $829 respectively for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.

Updated 4/19/2010 @ 10:55 am

Gizmodo has gotten its grubby hands on the "lost" iPhone 4G that was first pictured by Engadget. They have completely torn the phone down and given design analysis which you can read here.


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RE: Interesting
By nvalhalla on 4/19/2010 10:32:47 AM , Rating: 2
People do hold the iPhone to a higher standard, and I think that's the way it should be. We are used to the disposable flip phone from the first decade. They were obsolete 3 months after you bought them. Phones are evolving into a platform now, a mini computer almost. It's time we expect more from the phone manufacturers and their carriers. I certainly would be happy if two years after I bought a PC I couldn't get updates or software for it anymore.

RE: Interesting
By nvalhalla on 4/19/2010 10:34:11 AM , Rating: 2
" wouldn't be happy"

need a stupid edit button...

RE: Interesting
By HrilL on 4/19/2010 11:04:43 AM , Rating: 2
heh I read it as wouldn't but I have to agree it would be nice but then again it causes its own sets of problems with people retracting the retarded yet funny things they say on here.

RE: Interesting
By acase on 4/19/2010 11:18:15 AM , Rating: 2
So you make it editable until someone replies to you.

RE: Interesting
By slunkius on 4/20/2010 3:53:59 AM , Rating: 4
So you have no time to check preview screen, but read your own comment after it's been posted. And somehow it is DT's problem?

RE: Interesting
By acase on 4/20/2010 10:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
I have never had the problem personally, no, but it seems that more often than not when someone posts a correction to what they wrote it is the first reply. Just seems like an easy fix that would make some people happy and zero people upset (except obviously you).

RE: Interesting
By angryplayer on 4/22/2010 1:44:15 AM , Rating: 2
While you make intelligent guesses, there is one much simpler reason it's held to a higher standard: it's $600-$700. You sure as hell aren't paying for the features, so the service and support better be spectacular.

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