“The general look and feel of the prototype iPhone recently discovered and disassembled will likely be very similar to the final shipping product of the next-generation handset Apple will release this summer,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.
“Citing sources familiar with Apple’s fourth-generation iPhone, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber revealed that the barcode affixed to the prototype device obtained by Gizmodo, which read ‘N90_DVT-GE4X_0493,’ gives insight into how far along Apple is in the design of its next-generation phone,” Hughes reports. “”N90′ is Apple’s codename for the fourth-generation GSM iPhone, slated for release this June or July,’ Gruber wrote. ”DVT’ stands for ‘design verification test,’ an Apple production milestone. The DVT milestone is very late in the game; based on this, I now believe that this unit very closely, if not exactly, resembles what Apple plans to release.'”
Hughes reports, “He went on to say that although Apple is extremely secretive about unreleased products, it simply must let the units be used off of its Cupertino, Calif., campus to be tested. Apple reportedly distributes dozens of near-final units for field testing months in advance. Gruber said this practice is even more widespread with the iPhone than other Apple-developed products, because of the extensive nature of cellular network testing.”
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