Another Fourth Generation iPhone Revealed; Teardown Included

The first sighting of the famous fourth generation iPhone, due this summer 2010, was revealed by Gizmodo. That reveal quickly turned into a tech-disaster when Apple, local authorities, and law suits entered.

After Gizmodo provided their detailed analysis, anyone who browses the interwebs had a good idea of what the next iPhone would look like. In the end, Apple got their precious iPhone prototype back and all was well.

Now, another next generation iPhone prototype has found its way to Vietnam! According to reports, the device was actually purchased in the US for $4,000. It seems that Apple is having some trouble controlling the distribution of this prototype iPhone.

This new iPhone prototype looks the same as the Gizmodo one except that the two screws at the bottom of the device (near the dock connector) are gone. The finder of this iPhone also provided a teardown which revealed an Apple branded processor, quite possibly the A4, which is currently in use with the iPad.

The other notable exterior difference is that this model includes 16GB of storage, where the previously leaked prototype had “XXGB” in place of an actual storage number. This is an interesting storage amount, considering every new iPhone revision has always doubled-up on the storage. So for the next iPhone, we should be seeing a 32GB and 64GB model and not 16GB, but this is after all a prototype.

However, below the storage number there are still “XXXX” placeholders for information such as the model number of the prototype, so the 16GB could just be a placeholder as well.

I wonder where the next iPhone prototype will show up?

[MacRumors]

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  • sporadik

    This is the third leak now and all 3 look the same which is great because I love the flat sandwich design (hella nice and probably more durable for those of us who hate those silcone cases and rock our iPhones naked). Apple really does seem to have a security problem that they need to address, although I'm loving these supposed leaks as a consumer and nerd!

    Wait a minute I thought only American pimps rocked a coke pinky nail¿

  • This design seems to be growing on everybody. The more and more you see this
    design it looks very simple and elegant still.

  • roadcarver

    I'm liking it…

  • Sure would like to see one of these 'prototypes' with the phone actually on.

  • That's the million dollar question

  • dylan

    i really hope this is not the official new iphone, but only because it was leaked, its still nice, but apple has always been about the wow factor and surprising us and its nothing special after its been leaked 🙁

  • gtasscarlo

    somehow this doesnt feel like its gonna get launched with the alloy casing

  • I agree… this reminds me much more of the Macbook line of notebooks, which makes me think mini-computer all the more. In some ways I'm glad Rogers made those of us who got the original 3G wait two years to upgrade; this is going to be a very worthy successor from the looks of it.

  • Bert

    This all seems a little to suspicious to me. I like that conspiracy idea that Apple is just trying to throw consumers off for when they reveal the “real” next gen iPhone in June. It just seems like it is getting increasingly easier to get an “iPhone prototype” when before Apple was so strict and secret about revealing new hardware. I guess the only way to know for sure is to wait for June and see for ourselves !

  • Sporadik Styles

    This is the third leak now and all 3 look the same which is great because I love the flat sandwich design (hella nice and probably more durable for those of us who hate those silcone cases and rock our iPhones naked). Apple really does seem to have a security problem that they need to address, although I'm loving these supposed leaks as a consumer and nerd!

    Wait a minute I thought only American pimps rocked a coke pinky nail¿

  • This design seems to be growing on everybody. The more and more you see this
    design it looks very simple and elegant still.

  • roadcarver

    I'm liking it…

  • Sure would like to see one of these 'prototypes' with the phone actually on.

  • That's the million dollar question

  • dylan

    i really hope this is not the official new iphone, but only because it was leaked, its still nice, but apple has always been about the wow factor and surprising us and its nothing special after its been leaked 🙁

  • gtasscarlo

    somehow this doesnt feel like its gonna get launched with the alloy casing

  • I agree… this reminds me much more of the Macbook line of notebooks, which makes me think mini-computer all the more. In some ways I'm glad Rogers made those of us who got the original 3G wait two years to upgrade; this is going to be a very worthy successor from the looks of it.

  • Bert

    This all seems a little to suspicious to me. I like that conspiracy idea that Apple is just trying to throw consumers off for when they reveal the “real” next gen iPhone in June. It just seems like it is getting increasingly easier to get an “iPhone prototype” when before Apple was so strict and secret about revealing new hardware. I guess the only way to know for sure is to wait for June and see for ourselves !

  • D4ve

    I agree with Bert, although I don’t know whether Apple has a history of controlled and false leakages of new iPhones.

    I personnaly don’t like the leaked design very much but I don’t really care since I plan on hiding it in an Otterbox defender case, like I do with my current 3GS.

    I really hope Otterbox will have a case ready for the new iPhone not too long after the device is released…