Detailed Preview of Next Gen iPhone Prototype

Submitted by lalit on April 19, 2010 - 10:52am.

Gizmodo has posted detailed preview of next gen iPhone prototype, information about which was first revealed yesterday by Engadget. The phone was found in a bar in Redwood City camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. Gizmodo has posted photos and videos clearly showing the device and comparing it with present iPhone 3GS. The features on the iPhone prototype are:

  • Front-facing video chat camera
  • Improved regular camera with flash
  • Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM
  • Improved display
  • Secondary mic for noise cancellation on top, next to the headphone jack
  • Power, mute and volume buttons are all metallic
  • Back is entirely flat, made of either glass or shiny plastic
  • Aluminum border
  • Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS
  • Everything is more squared off
  • 3 grams heavier
  • 16 percent bigger battery, 5.25 WHr at 3.7V compared to 4.51 WHr at 3.7V on current iPhone

Gizmodo wasn’t able to start the phone, but when the phone was connected to the computer iTunes, Xcode and Mac OS X System Profiler reported it as an iPhone. However, product identifiers (both CPID and CPRV) were different from current iPhone 3G and 3GS. Gizmodo says, “The phone feels sturdier than the 3GS and much less plasticky. The metal buttons give it a heftier fell – Less of a toy – than all previous generations.”

Gizmodo concludes by saying “People who bought the 3G two years ago and are now in the perfect position to upgrade and get a dramatically different, and better, phone. If confirmed this summer, and if it performs as we expect, this next-generation iPhone looks like a winner.”