was a-buzz this weekend after Gizmodogot
its hands on what seems to be a genuine prototype fourth generation (4G) iPhone.
The device was “left in a bar in Redwood City” and acquired by the gadget site for
able to wipe the phone remotely before anyone could test it out, but the site’s
editors quickly disassembled it to discover its new hardware components.
Their efforts suggest that the 4G iPhone will have several long-asked-for new features.
life: Many of the components inside the phone had been miniaturized to make
room for a battery that’s about 16% bigger than the current one.
screen: The screen on the new device is about the same size as the current one
(or a little smaller), but it has twice the resolution–960x640 pixels.
Like the iPad, the next iPhone will use a smaller type of mobile phone chip
called a MicroSIM. The new format has more on-chip storage,
requires less physical space and will also make it difficult to run an iPhone on a non-approved network.
camera: Presumably this will be for making mobile video calls via iChat. This makes sense since
there are also numerous references
to iChat in the latest iPhone OS code.
A better first
camera, and a flash: A common complaint about the iPhone’s camera is the quality
of the photographs it takes in low light. A new and improved camera and a flash will
of the device is remarkable given Apple’s paranoid attitude towards secrecy. Steve
reportedly even called to ask for it back.
Will KnightWill Knight is MIT Technology Review’s Senior Editor for Artificial Intelligence. He covers the latest advances in AI and related fields, including machine learning, automated driving, and robotics. Will joined MIT Technology Review in 2008 from the UK science weekly New Scientist magazine.