Images of what may be Apple’s next generation smartphone have appeared online, showing that it will apparently have a design notably different from any previous iPhone, with squarer edges, new button shapes and less chrome.
The unit in the pictures was supposedly found on the floor of a bar outside of San Francisco. Like all of Apple’s smartphones it is labeled simply “iPhone,” without a more specific product name.
The edges are less rounded, and buttons on the sides and top look distinctly different from the ones used on previous versions, though the Home button appears unchanged.
The prototype unit found is non-functional, but reportedly has 80 GB of internal storage and a front-facing camera.
This may be a hoax; a source reports that this device strongly resembles an iPhone look-alike offered in Asia.
Several months ago, a picture of the iPad was leaked just before the official announcment of this tablet computer. A careful examination of the image turns up a device sitting off to one side that looks like the one in the supposed images of the next iPhone (see here).
Is It the Apple iPhone HD?
Although the formal unveiling of Apple’s next smartphone isn’t expected for months, numerous unconfirmed reports give many details about the model.
It will supposedly be called the iPhone HD and sport a Touchscreen with much greater resolution than the current model, possible 960 x 640 pixels. All previous iPhone OS devices have a 3.5-inch, HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) screen.
This is likely going to be the debut of iPhone OS 4.0, the first version of Apple’s operating system that will allow third-party applications to run in the background.
In addition, it’s considered likely that the fourth-generation model will be based on an Apple A4 chip, also used in the new iPad.
According to another unconfirmed report, the upcoming device will have a 5 MPx camera with flash, and there is strong evidence that it will support iChat video conferencing using a front-facing camera.
Expected this Summer
Apple has scheduled an event on June 22 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where all previous iPhones were unveiled, making this a likely date for the announcement of the fourth-generation version.
AT&T will surely be offering the new model, and there have also been persistent reports that Verizon Wireless – and possibly other carriers – will get the iPhone this summer, ending AT&T’s long-held role as the exclusive U.S. provider of the smartphone.