Apple’s Upcoming iPhone 4G Unveiled a Bit Early

Apple’s known for their secrecy and their need for huge bombshells delivered by their CEO, Steve Jobs. They’re awfully good at keeping their secrets, too. This time, though, not so much. Someone is getting fired, I guarantee it. A prototype of their next iteration of the iPhone — dubbed by the media right now as the 4G — was found near their headquarters at a bar, of all things. The specs the media’s been able ascertain so far are pretty exciting stuff. Anyone looking to get an iPhone is very strongly advised to wait until this is released, probably in June.

I’m going to copy and paste a chunk of the article, but I’d highly suggest clicking through for all the photos and the analysis. I can’t wait! My wife and I have the iPhone 3G — 2 revs back. We’re eligible for a subsidized upgrade from AT&T and plan to use it ASAP.

What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×460 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic
What’s changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

I’m probably mostly excited about the front facing camera. You know what that means? Teleconferencing with other iPhone owners. The improved camera and flash just might mean that I can stop carrying around a second camera in my pocket, too. We’ll see. I’m betting there’s other improvements that the press can’t eek out quite yet, too.

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