Prototype iPhone design was likely near-final, say sources

“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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38 Comments

  1. What the fsuck is wrong with people?

    Whether or not this is the next model or not, it was given that Apple was going to relese anew iPhone very soon.

    There’s ale ays going to be someone that bitches about anything Apple does especiallu Scot Moritz who doesn’t even know his ass dorm his elbow.

    Apples new functionality, features and software will make this a must for any iPhone user and the design is probably not done any justice by Gizmodos amateurish photography, so count on it being a lot nicer when actually shot by pros.

    It matters nit one fucking iota whiter or not this is it or not, the next iPhone will be an even bigger hit because Apple doesn’t make shit and gets it. So will we all. Bring it on already !

  2. @ LeeSweet
    “You know the average person doesn’t read MDN or even pay attention to news stories about this ‘discovered’ phone.”

    My point exactly. There are still hundreds and hundreds of people in Apple stores right now buying iPhones. So the idea that a leak would harm sales is moot.

    I maintain that that was an intentional leak until I see convincing evidence otherwise.

  3. I love my iPad but I got sticky fingers , sorry for the typos:

    Apr 22, 10 – 02:31 pmComment from: breeze
    What the fsuck is wrong with people?

    Whether or not this is the next model or not, it was given that Apple was going to releas a new iPhone very soon.

    There’s always going to be someone that bitches about anything Apple does especially Scot Moritz who doesn’t even know his ass from his elbow.

    Apple’s new functionality, features and software will make this a must for any iPhone user and the design is probably not done any justice by Gizmodos amateurish photography, so count on it being a lot nicer when actually shot by pros.

    It matters nit one fucking iota whiter or not this is it or not, the next iPhone will be an even bigger hit because Apple doesn’t make shit and gets it. So will we all. Bring it on already !Apr 22, 10 – 02:31 pmComment from: breeze
    What the fsuck is wrong with people?

    Whether or not this is the next model or not, it was given that Apple was going to relese anew iPhone very soon.

    There’s ale ays going to be someone that bitches about anything Apple does especiallu Scot Moritz who doesn’t even know his ass dorm his elbow.

    Apples new functionality, features and software will make this a must for any iPhone user and the design is probably not done any justice to by Gizmodo’s amateurish photography, so count on it being a lot nicer when actually shot by pros.

    It matters not one fucking iota whiter or not this is it or not, the next iPhone will be an even bigger hit because Apple doesn’t make shit and gets it. So will we all. Bring it on already !

  4. @C1 Exactly. Unless there was a report the Apple guy was carried away from a car wreck or out of the bar drunk, it still smells like a plant to me.

    I know several people that I’ve personally told that a new phone is coming out in a couple of months, and they still go for it with the 3GS. I even say, wait until June and you can buy my brand new one I just got as a replacement from Apple, but noooo…. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. The only reason I think it wasn’t a leak was that his stuff was on the phone for a while before it was reset. If I was leaking my phone, I’d wipe it out immediately. Of course, they could be thinking that we’d think that…. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  6. is it just me, or does this look like de-evolution. honestly it looks thicker, heavier and clunkier than the current hardware. i might think twice about upgrading to this “tin box”.

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