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Another Purported IPhone Prototype Surfaces
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 18:11

From PC World

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: "to lose one iPhone prototype may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness." And yet, if pictures from a Vietnam-based Apple fan site are to be believed, that's exactly what's happened.

The pics, which surfaced on Website is offline as of this writing--show what appears to be a device that bears marked similarities to the next-generation iPhone prototype that tech site Gizmodo acquired last month. If anything, Taoviet's version may be closer to a production device, as Engadget noticed that it lacked the pair of screws around the dock-connector port. In addition, while the back of the unit still largely has placeholder information, it does list a 16GB capacity--Gizmodo's unit displayed only XXGB.

Taoviet also disassembled the device, yielding what may be the same Apple-designed A4 processor that lives inside the iPad, though the markings on the chip don't exactly match up. The image also displays the N90 moniker that Gizmodo's unit bore and that Daring Fireball's John Gruber confirmed as the next-generation iPhone's code-name. In addition, the device appears to use the same micro-SIM card as the iPad, and features the same LED camera flash as the unit Gizmodo had.

It's unclear exactly how Taoviet came by the device, though one translation suggests they paid roughly $4,000 for it.


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