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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.

 





"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad






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