Gizmodo broke an amazing story today: pictures and a video of a new upcoming iPhone. Gizmodo’s story instantly hit 2 million views in a day, hit 4,000+ Diggs, and received 20,000 retweets.
The new iPhone was allegedly found at a bar in Redwood City, California camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3G S. Gizmodo got their hands on it and disassembled it. If this is a real production model of the new iPhone, features will include a front-facing video chat camera, improved back camera, Micro-SIM instead of a standard SIM card, improved display, secondary mic for noise cancellation, split volume buttons, and metallic power/mute/volume buttons. The new iPhone would have an entirely flat back instead of the rounded edges. According to the person that found the iPhone, they said that iPhone OS 4.0 was already installed on the phone before the actual iPhone OS 4.0 announcement was made.
I am convinced that the model that Gizmodo has is real. But what I’m not convinced of is how the Gawker-owned blog got their hands on the iPhone. I cannot imagine Apple allowing prototypes to be taken outside of their headquarters. Or if someone was given permission to take prototypes outside of the headquarters, there should be some sort of tracking device on it. Apple has been known to leak information to the press to build the hype around their devices beforehand. It has really worked for them in the past, why would this be any different? How do we know that the person that allegedly found the iPhone at a bar does not actually work for Apple themselves and leaked it to build hype?
Regardless, I am extremely excited about the new iPhone. I’ll definitely be getting my hands on it immediately when it releases and will provide a video demo of it. [Gizmodo]