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April 19, 2010

Next-generation iPhone found in a bar, blog says

Posted: 03:11 PM ET

It looks like Apple employees should be keeping their top-secret, next-generation iPhones out of bars.

In a post simply titled "This is Apple's next iPhone," tech blog Gizmodo on Monday showed video of a phone they say is almost certainly a version of the smartphone due to be released this summer.

The phone was found in a bar in Redwood City, California, about 20 miles from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, according to the post by Gizmodo's Jason Chen with reporting help from several other staffers.

"We're as skeptical - if not more - than all of you. We get false tips all the time," the post read. "But after playing with it for about a week - the overall quality feels exactly like a finished final Apple phone - and disassembling this unit, there is so much evidence stacked in its favor, that there's very little possibility that it's a fake."

According to the post, the phone had been camouflaged to look like a currently available iPhone.

The Gizmodo post says the phone they found has the following features:

_ flash for its camera
_ a front-facing camera for video chatting
_ higher-resolution display
_ a metallic band wrapping around the outside, with metallic volume buttons
_ a flat back, with a glass-like clear panel and thinner body than the current iPhone
_ a bigger battery

Gizmodo obviously wasn't offering too many details about how they got their hands on the phone.

But in the post, Chen wrote that the person who found it was able to run Apple's new iPhone 4.0 operating system before that system was officially announced last week.

Apple remotely killed the phone's operating system before Gizmodo got their hands on it, he wrote.

The find was being widely considered the real deal in the tech world.

"At this point we’re pretty much certain it is this summer’s new model," wrote Wired magazine. "Somebody at Apple is in big trouble."

Tech blog Engadget posted photos Saturday from a tipster showing a phone similar to the one Gizmodo displayed.

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Oriel   April 20th, 2010 5:03 am ET

Most Apple users like apple because they think it is special. that works well already for the company.while the need to stay revelant is undestood, These now common, blatant and cheap stunts that insults the intellligence of apple's hard working and loyal customers calls for a backlash.These tactics are not new to PR ,yet it is wrong,offensive and unneccesary and to deserve a news space in a world where real issues ( Trust me, issues that are liitle more serious than if the new iphone has a higher resolution display) have real consequences for real people.
Then again the more of us that comment on this shameless report, the more these guys have their products talked about.
shame though!

Manzana Man   April 20th, 2010 5:34 am ET

Can anyone say...."Industrial Leak". Not the first time industry has used the term "oops" to market their product in advance! 🙂

Leo   April 20th, 2010 6:10 am ET

Still no keyboard. Not interested.

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rabadan   April 20th, 2010 7:53 am ET

this whole things a big set up its called free advertisement duh! its all a big set up im shure of it

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Brian   April 20th, 2010 10:59 am ET

I don't buy that it was found in a bar. This is a publicity stunt (though admittedly a good one).

Let's look at the chain of events.

1. Apple employee who is presumably testing out new phone (cleverly disguised as old phone) goes to the bar.
2. Apple employee begins drinking heavily.
3. Apple employee absent mindedly leaves phone on barstool.
4. Random person finds phone. "Cool! Free iphone!"

Okay, no problem with that so far. But here's where we hit the problem.

5. Random person knows enough about phone to determine that it is new *unreleased* Apple product.
6. Random person sends it to Gizmodo.
7. Gizmodo pays money and publishes article.

It's really points 5 and 6 that I have trouble believing. Most guys at the bar would not give the phone a second glance. Most people would just turn it in. Even those who wouldn't turn it in, very few are tech nerds who are going to instantly recognize it as a new phone. Heck, I have a 3GS and I wouldn't notice the difference, especially after a lot of drinks.

I think a more likely scenario is this:

1. Apple marketing guy calls Gizmodo. "I found the new iphone at the bar. Gimme ten grand and you can play around with it."
2. Apple collects ten grand, gets free advertising.

Wilfred Oluoch   April 20th, 2010 11:39 am ET

GIZMODO owes this guy a JOB! Hire him, its the decent thing to do. Besides, he is a celebrity now. On the other hand, Steve Jobs might promote him!

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Bricktop   April 20th, 2010 11:31 pm ET

This is crazy its a god d*@# phone.I must be either "too old to "get it" or just on another planet.But it dials,takes pictures,& internet.But it doesn't play with my "johnson".

gio   April 21st, 2010 12:31 pm ET

the i phone was left there on purpose, New android phones are coming out so fast with such awesome features, Apple had to throw a bone out just to get everyone to say wow, do not waste your time with i phone they are playing catch up with android phones...

David   April 21st, 2010 5:30 pm ET

At least they did the responsible thing and shared it with the world.

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This is a funny post. I have a suspicion that Apple probably planted the new iPhone in the bar for someone to find for publicity purposes. It is also possible that the person who found the iPhone works for Apple.

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