Another iPhone 4G prototype escapes into the wild

Barely two weeks after a Gizmodo editor snagged a fourth-gen iPhone prototype (and subsequently saw his home raided by police), Engadget reports that a couple of Vietnamese publications have posted images of another iPhone 4G prototype found in the wild.

The images look legit, although there are small differences between Gizmodo’s prototype and the Vietnamese one. (Engadget suspects a newer revision of the prototype.) Looking at photos posted by Tinh Te, the new iPhone appears to be thinner than its predecessor and to have a higher display resolution. Tinh Te actually says the new device is 2.5-mm thinner, 3.5-mm narrower, and 1-mm taller than current iPhones.

More interesting still, one of the sites took the prototype apart, and Engadget believes photos of the teardown reveal Apple’s A4 system-on-a-chip. The A4, which was designed in-house by Apple and is based on an ARM microprocessor core, made its first appearance in the iPad in January. Benchmarks around the web suggest the iPad has substantially higher performance than even the iPhone 3GS.

Presumably, Apple isn’t far from releasing the fourth-gen iPhone publicly. Perhaps we’ll see an official launch at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference on June 7 in San Francisco.

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    • mattthemuppet
    • 12 years ago

    have you really seen people kill for money? If so, what are you doing on here, you need to manage your underworld empire 🙂

    • Trymor
    • 12 years ago

    We are glad you finally realize that about yourself…

    Try

    • adisor19
    • 12 years ago

    Cool story BRAH !

    Adi

    • pogsnet
    • 12 years ago
    • pogsnet
    • 12 years ago
    • pogsnet
    • 12 years ago
    • eitje
    • 12 years ago

    Steroids make you have tiny little balls.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 12 years ago

    That, or just iPhone 4.

    • pedro
    • 12 years ago
    • cygnus1
    • 12 years ago

    True

    • dukerjames
    • 12 years ago

    Possible FAKE!~~~~~
    There’s a high possibility that the viet 4g is a counterfeit unit.
    They watched the gizmodo vid/article closely and made a replicate.

    • tone21705
    • 12 years ago

    Look at that guys nails in the pictures, Vietnamese hand model for sure. Perfect long pinky nail

    • adisor19
    • 12 years ago

    err.. not sure if sane..

    Adi

    • deathBOB
    • 12 years ago

    Charlie Don’t Surf (on 4G)

    • poulpy
    • 12 years ago

    I believe that would be “the Vietnam_[

    • Decelerate
    • 12 years ago

    It’s not necessarily lost. With all third-party suppliers, you’d think over the years and Apple’s growing frenzy more and more people would try to nab the device to sell it.

    I mean 4-5k$ profit on a single sale. I’ve seen people kill for less than that.

    4000$USD in vietnam can buy you a whole lot more big-macs than 4k$USD in america

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    Just wait: in “a littler over a year” there will be a 5G you’ll want even more. And another one after that, and so on.
    §[<http://www.myvideo.de/watch/417313/IPod_Invisa<]§

    • LaChupacabra
    • 12 years ago

    You NEVER, go full retard.

    • cygnus1
    • 12 years ago

    Which is why I’m trying to figure out a way to get one even though I don’t get to upgrade for a little over a year.

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    No, that’s a Tropic Thunder reference, not Iron Man (hence the Ben Stiller ref as well).

    “What do /[

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 years ago

    THANKS ADI. WE ARE HAPPY YOU UPDATED US ON A QUESTION NOBODY ASKED. :p LOVE YOU BABY

    • adisor19
    • 12 years ago

    The A4 is a Cortex A8 on steroids using Intrinsity’s optimizations.

    A normal Cortex A8 would run up to around 600Mhz on a good day without sipping too much power. Apple brought it to 1Ghz. In essence, this is faster than Qualcom’s SnapDragon chip as the SnapDragon is NOT a pure Coretex A8 design. Even though both chips run at the same 1Ghz, the A4 is faster clock per clock.

    The graphics core is also faster on the A4 (PowerVR 535 SGX vs the old ATI one in the Snapdragon)

    So the new iPhone should be about 80% faster than the old 3GS while consuming more or less the same power.

    Adi

    • StashTheVampede
    • 12 years ago

    IphoneHD

    Front facing camcorder can record in 720p.

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    I wonder what they’re going to call it. “4G” anything will be very misleading…

    • SecretMaster
    • 12 years ago

    Get to da choppa!

    • wira020
    • 12 years ago

    I think the vietnam website is down already..

    • wira020
    • 12 years ago

    Arnold Schwarzenegger? ( did i spell that right?…)

    He’d be awesome for this kind of job…

    • jdaven
    • 12 years ago

    No.

    4G = 4th generation iPhone

    Nothing to do with networking.

    • lex-ington
    • 12 years ago

    It is North America with the sucky systems and phones believe it or not.

    And I’m in Toronto, and the selections up here suck more than the U.S.

    • blastdoor
    • 12 years ago

    It’s striking to think about how 10 or 20 years ago, that would have been an absurd thought. Iron Man has totally changed his entire image. He’s come a long way from “Back to School”.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 12 years ago

    Umm, this is weird… Losing one phone is bad enough, but two? Ok, what is going on? A new form of advertising?

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 12 years ago

    What about the commando team for the first Predator movie?

    • ybf
    • 12 years ago

    Wait a sec.

    Viet Nam has 4G networking?

    • Welch
    • 12 years ago

    You forgot about Robert Downey JR!

    • blastdoor
    • 12 years ago

    This shows why Apple’s stormtrooper strategy was deeply flawed. Gizmodo was remarkably accommodating of Apple — they gave the phone back, after all. But because of the way Apple behaved, anyone who finds a misplaced prototype apple product now has a very strong incentive to sell it to someone who will take it out of the country, which will ensure that apple never gets the prototype back. Just plain dumb, apple.

    • Jigar
    • 12 years ago

    Try to send your cops there Apple.

    • AMDguy
    • 12 years ago

    Watches Apple send a commando team lead by Chuck Norris / Sylvester Stallone / Ben Stiller into Vietnam to rescue the stranded iPhone prototype.

    *eats popcorn*

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