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Second iPhone 4G prototype appears, A4 inside?


What appears to be a second fourth-generation iPhone prototype has been purchased and disassembled, with pictures posted online. Mac Rumors reports that the submission they received said the unit was purchased by a Vietnamese businessman along with an iPad; the photos were originally posted on a Vietnamese forum. The shots confirm that this particular unit is operational, and is running some sort of firmware diagnostics program. Notably, the unit has no screws on the bottom and is labeled on the back as a 16GB model; it appears otherwise identical to the unit acquired and photographed by Gizmodo last month. The teardown shots also show an Apple-branded processor inside, which Engadget, citing Chipworks, claims is an Apple A4 processor, similar if not identical to the one found in the iPad.

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All these “4G prototypes” running around are deliberate (mis)information courtesy Apple’s marketing department.

Posted by Herr Doktor on May 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM (CDT)


So is the Apple Gestapo going to go after Mac Rumors now, too?  Seize the computers and anything related to that starts with the letter “i” or contains the word “Apple”?  (This includes seizing their refrigerator.)  Maybe go after the Vietnamese businessman and make his iPad inactive via MobileMe? 

Okay, I’ve had my laugh for the day.  Now back to work…

Posted by JonnyOneNote on May 12, 2010 at 12:39 PM (CDT)


just wait until WWDC and see what Steve pulls out of his pants. then we’ll know if this has been a disinformation campaign or if Apple has developed butterfingers when it comes to hanging on to prototypes.

Posted by NumbuhOne on May 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM (CDT)


I’d much rather His Royal Jobness keep whatever he has in his pants covered up, thank you! 


Posted by The Digital Alchemist on May 12, 2010 at 2:30 PM (CDT)


Let us just hope that when the real 4G iPhone comes out, Apple will finally have gotten a clue and released it with a USER REMOVABLE BATTERY.

Posted by John Stockman on May 12, 2010 at 6:06 PM (CDT)


@3: What purpose would such a disinformation campaign serve? The prototype has some of the more demanded features (better screen, bigger battery, better processor, forward mounted camera, better buttons, better form factor, etc.). What on Earth would be served by leading consumers to believe your product was going to be really good and then pulling out something that is just a 3GS.1 phone?

Unless Apple has something substantially *better* in store (“it’s also a time machine! and did we mention it does your taxes and automatically sends predator drones after anyone who steals your identity?!”), I cannot imagine what the point of staging all this as a disinformation campaign would serve. Never mind the severe criminal prosecution of Apple for fraud after it turned out California law enforcement staged a multi-officer raid against Chen from Gizmodo based on a publicity campaign from Apple and Apple kept mum this whole time…

Occam’s razor, folks.

Posted by Code Monkey on May 13, 2010 at 10:32 AM (CDT)


Why does everyone keep whining about a user-replaceable battery? I’ve had 7 iPods and I’m on my 3rd iPhone and I’ve never once needed the option of replacing the battery. Not to mention that Apple’s trend is to move AWAY from a replaceable battery (i.e. Macbooks), so it’s not coming anytime soon…if ever….

Posted by Rob From Houston on May 13, 2010 at 7:42 PM (CDT)


“Why does everyone keep whining about a user-replaceable battery? I’ve had 7 iPods and I’m on my 3rd iPhone and I’ve never once needed the option of replacing the battery.”

You realize you just answered your own question, albeit indirectly? iPods came out in 2001, we’re 9 years into the “iPod era”, and you’ve been through 10 of the devices! No wonder you’ve never felt the need to replace a battery on an iPod; you never used one long enough to put a dent in the capacity of the built in battery. As a counter reference, I owned all of three “walkmans” and a single “discman” throughout the roughly 20 years I was using them, and the two models I have left still function. Of course, neither the technology nor the corporate mindset existed at the time to make them into more than a practical device, nor did anyone have the cojones to try and make something so expensive so disposable in the eyes of consumers.

As a further counter, We’ve been through 7 iPods in a bit over 6 years in my household, but that’s spread out over three different users and so I have had to replace batteries. The reality is that the majority of consumer devices in the price range of an iPod are expected to be in use for a lot longer than Apple wants them to be in use, and so the non-user replaceable batteries are just one more piece in their strategy to keep people replacing their iPod every year or two.

True, I don’t really get riled up about it, it’s painfully obvious that Apple wants people to be tossing their iPod either into the trash or to a less fortunate friend or relative as often as possible (to create more customers if their luck does change). It’s who they are as a company, and it’s nothing new. Even their computers have always been made with this philosophy, so you ought to know going in that they’re not going to make things easy on people who want to be practical. Still, you have to admire people who stubbornly keep hoping Apple will become a consumer friendly company, right? :-)

Posted by Code Monkey on May 14, 2010 at 6:26 AM (CDT)

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