Tag Archive for ‘iPhone HD’

iPhone Video Conferencing Screenshots ➝

The Boy Genius Report has published two screenshots that seem to confirm video conferencing capabilities in the upcoming iPhone HD. The screenshots depict video call debugging options in the settings app and are were supposedly taken on a field test unit.

Quite honestly, video calls sound like a big waste of time. I don’t see why everyone has wanted the feature for so long. A front-facing camera only has one appeal to me, and that’s self-portraits. Taking a picture of yourself and a friend would be much easier if the screen was facing you.

New Details from the iPhone Affidavit ➝

Philip Elmer-DeWitt gives a great rundown of the new information revealed in the iPhone affidavit. There’s a whole slew of new information, including confirmation that Steve Jobs called Brian Lam immediately after the images of the prototype were published, and we learn that Jobs was more concerned with what the leak would do to iPhone 3GS sales then anything else.

The affidavit states that police, and Apple, knew the identity of the finder before the end of the day. Philip Elmer-DeWitt writes:

Apple knew before the sun went down that it was Brian Hogan who snatched the iPhone and fenced it to Gizmodo. One of his roommates, Katherine Martinson, ratted him out to save her own skin. She told the cops Hogan had plugged the thing into her computer without her okay and she thought maybe it would tie her to the deal.

It sounds like they didn’t have to do too much digging before Hogan was outed.

Declan McCullagh reports on CNET that Hogan and his roommate Thomas Warner attempted to discard evidence before a warrant could be issued.

Warner showed up the house at 1 a.m. and was arrested on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Warner claimed that a prototype sticker from the iPhone fell out of his wallet at a Chevron station, and later said a 512MB thumb drive and 1GB Lexar compact flash card were under a bush on Harding Avenue, the affidavit says. Police say they recovered all the discarded hardware, including the HP computer left at the Sequoia Christian Church.

The affidavit also reveals why Gizmodo never published any photos of the device’s “connect to iTunes” screen. As it turns out, they broke the phone when disassembling it.

The biggest thing revealed to me in this whole ordeal is just how amateurish Gizmodo is as a publication. And, I find it incredibly difficult to believe that they’ll be able to successfully argue that they didn’t know it was stolen.

Another iPhone HD Prototype Leaked ➝

Engadget reports on another leaked iPhone HD. This time it comes from the “kids” at Taoviet. The definitive sourcing for this story seems a little sketchy. Although Engadget’s primary source is Taoviet, most the images here actually come from Tinh Te (they’ve also published a video). It’s difficult to tell who actually has access to the device.

A commenter on Engadget’s report has done some translation and it appears that these guys claim to have received access to it from a businessman that purchased it from an unnamed source for $4,000.

This prototype seems to be further along in production than Gizmodo’s device. The pair of screws on the bottom have disappeared, the design seems a bit cleaner, and the tear-down photos display what is believed to be an Apple A4 processor.

The device doesn’t boot into iPhone OS, instead booting into what appears to be a test routine called “Bonfire.” The device will show up in iTunes as an iPhone in recovery mode but shows an error when trying to restore it.

There’s not really anything new and exciting about this leak other than that it happened. It’s quite a curious situation — Apple has never lost a prototype device before (to my knowledge) and here we are with two of them turning up in the span of just one month.

Next-Gen iPhone Leak

In an interesting turn of events, Applesfera has retracted their claim that Engadget’s iPhone was a Japanese knockoff saying that the reader who sent in the photo admitted it was fake.

John Gruber has linked to a 2006 patent filing for ceramic enclosures. The ceramic enclosure would be glass-like in appearance, be radio transparent, and have high durability. He also spoke with multiple sources who confirmed that the next iPhone’s back is made out of “some sort of fancy glass — and looks pretty much exactly like what’s pictured at Engadget.”

The biggest thing that bugs me about this whole story is the fact that Engadget likely knew more when they published their original story. This extra information clearly lead them to believe that it was real but Joashua Topolsky didn’t indicate that they knew anything more than what was included in their original report. In their second update to their followup piece, Joshua Topolsky writes:

It is incredibly likely that the next version of the iPhone will look like the photos you see in the gallery below, and we certainly wouldn’t claim that if we didn’t have good reason to believe it.

So, why didn’t he write something along the lines of: “we’ve been given more information that we can’t publish that leads us to believe that this is indeed the real deal” in they’re original report? It very well could have been an oversight but why did it take until the second update to their followup post to say something to that effect? It boggles the mind.

The biggest piece of evidence that this is a real prototype is that Gizmodo has the device and has written an extensive look at the new hardware features. They weren’t able to boot the device as it had been remotely wiped and without a hardware-specific firmware file they haven’t been able to get anything more than the connect to iTunes screen. But, the device does appear in iTunes when connected to a computer. Gizmodo’s Jason Chen says that the handset was lost in a bar in Redwood City and disguised inside of a case that made it look like an iPhone 3GS.

It’s worth noting that John Gruber called around and confirmed that Apple had lost a prototype unit and it’s “a unit Apple is very interested in getting back.” Gruber later adds that Apple considers the device to be stolen not lost and also writes:

It’s been an open secret to those of us in the racket that Gizmodo purchased this unit about a week ago, from those who claimed to find it.

Gizmodo mentions that they have had it for a week but never mentions that it was purchased. I don’t have any problem with them purchasing the device but I find it a little disingenuous for them to act as if they don’t know who had the device before them.

Jason Chen details some of the hardware improvements in their write-up which include an improved camera, camera flash, front-facing camera, micro-SIM (instead of a regular SIM card), improved display, a secondary mic likely used for noise cancellation, split buttons for volume, and metal power, mute, and volume buttons. Gizmodo says that it is 3 grams heavier and has a 16% larger battery.

What we still don’t know is how close this device is to the final design. I strongly believe that the back of the fourth generation iPhone will be made of this ceramic material but I don’t believe the sides to look anything like this. I find it hard to believe that Apple would let a working device outside their doors that looks anything like what we’ll see in June. I believe the sides will be made out of the same material but won’t look like they do in the photos Engadget and Gizmodo have published.

I think this device is a field test unit made specifically to test the new ceramic back for radio transparency. But whether this is a field test unit or not, the folks at Apple can’t be anything less than pissed about this whole ordeal. I just wonder how Gizmodo is going to be treated when invites are sent out for Apple’s next event.

Engadget’s iPhone Knockoff ➝

Last night Engadget published photos of what was claimed to be the fourth generation iPhone (or a prototype of such device). The reader who sent the photos in said that he found it on the floor of a San Jose bar inside of an iPhone 3G case. It was said to have a front facing camera, 80GB of storage, and a “decidedly new” OS (although it wasn’t booting at the time when he sent in the photos, how convenient).

The images wreaked of fake when I first saw them last night and they didn’t seem any more real when I looked at them this morning. And lo and behold, Applesfera reports that the device is indeed a Japanese iPhone knockoff.

This is less a story about the device itself and more a story about Engadget’s shoddy reporting.

Joshua Topolsky from the original Engadget report:

Is this the iPhone 4G (or iPhone HD)? There’s no way to tell for sure, but these photos which made their way into our hands certainly do a convincing job of making us think that’s very much the case. […] It’s not clear if this is definitely a production model, or just a prototype that found its way into the world, but it’s certainly a compelling design, no matter how you look at it.

I understand that it’s their job is to get pageviews, but why would you report on this without making it very clear that this could easily be a fake? “Certainly do a convincing job,” how is this the case? What was it that made you believe it was true, Josh? Was it the three — count’em three — photos with terrible framing that were sent in or was it the incredibly ridiculous story that was sent with them?

iPhone HD ➝

Apple’s go-to writer for “controlled leaks” got the ball rolling yesterday when the Wall Street Journal published an article by her and two other writers that focused on Apple’s upcoming iPhone refresh.

Sourcing “people briefed by the company,” the WSJ says that Apple is planning to release a CDMA iPhone compatible with Verizon’s network. Pegatron is said to be manufacturing the new handset and they plan to start mass producing it in September.

Knowing as much as I do about Apple, I find it hard to believe that Apple would release an iPhone on Verizon’s network. Let’s not forget that the Motorola DROID’s entire marketing campaign appears to hinge on what it can do and the iPhone can’t. We also shouldn’t forget about Apple’s line of ads showing the ability to use AT&T’s data network while on a phone call. I just don’t know if Apple’s ready to drop AT&T exclusivity quite yet.

Soon after the Wall Street Journal’s report Engadget heard that the upcoming iPhone would be named the iPhone HD and would be announced on June 22. John Gruber also decided to weigh in and point out that the WSJ didn’t mention anything about the A4-family CPU, the 960×640 display, or the front-facing camera. He doesn’t exactly come right out and say it but it appears that this is what he’s been hearing.

Sounds like this is going to be a pretty good handset. Look out Windows Phone 7 Series.

Update 3/31/10: Changed some wording to make it clear that John Gruber didn’t specifically say that the next iPhone would have all of these features, simply that the WSJ didn’t mention them.