Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said at an investor conference on Tuesday that the company has a deal in place to offer a future Apple iPhone that supports 4G LTE, The Dow Jones reported. The CFO declined to say if Apple had such an iPhone planned, however Euteneuer revealed that the company’s agreement with Apple is similar to both its rivals — AT&T and Verizon. “If you make the assumption that they launch a device at a similar time that they did last year, you’re basically done with the major markets,” Euteneuer said in regards to Sprint’s 4G LTE buildout, noting that the carrier plans to initially cover roughly 100 million Americans. “So I don’t think we are really disadvantaged at all.” Sprint has taken a $15.5 billion gamble on Apple’s iPhone and has said it might not turn a profit on the device until 2015. The CFO’s comments come after Verizon CTO David Small also suggested that a 4G LTE-equipped iPhone is going to launch this year. More →
We’re not quite ready to concede that Apple will actually be unveiling an all-white iPhone next week at WWDC, but the evidence is pretty damning. PowerBook Medic took some snaps (more after the jump) of what appears to be the casing for a white next-gen iPhone, something it claims it got from one of its parts suppliers. It could easily be a fake, but for the sake of argument let’s assume it’s real. Are you digging it or not?
If you we’re praying that all of the iPhone 4/4G/HD leak madness would stop — considering its official unveiling is under a week away — it looks like you just didn’t pray hard enough, as iPhone Portugal has joined in the rumor madness with what looks to be a set of chassis meant for the upcoming phone. It’s not 100% clear if these parts are real or simply ripped from knockoff device, in light of the fact they were purchased in China for an undisclosed sum, but apparently the fit and finish is so nice that iPhone Portugal is all but certain they’re genuine. Based upon what we’re seeing, and the sophisticated level of engineering, we’re fairly confident their assumption is spot on. Hit the jump for a couple of videos.
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Considering the country that these photos were snapped in, we can’t help but hear the words “fake” in the back of our minds, but Apple.pro is claiming what we’re looking at is proof positive that the next-gen iPhone will be available in an all white body. If you look closely at the pics you’ll notice a curiously big gap between the fascia and the aluminum mid-section, but in fairness, that alone is not enough to rule this as fake. Same goes for the holes for screws seen next to the 30-pin dock connector, something we know to be a hallmark of early prototypes. We’ve got one more pic after the jump, but man, wouldn’t it be nice to have such a fresh looking device?
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Remember how much fun we used to have with all of the iPhone rumors in the months leading up to WWDC? Well as you know, this year is special. Proving this point once and for all again, today we present you with images and videos of yet another iPhone prototype strutting its stuff in Vietnam. There’s really nothing more for us to say since this is all about eye candy, so hit up the jump for a slew of pics and videos!
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It’s bad when a trusted employee has to tell you that they’ve lost a future prototype of the product that single-handedly catapulted your company to the forefront of mobile devices. However, it is worse when the person who ends up with the lost treasure knows exactly what he/she has, and what it could be worth…and this soap opera ain’t sitting well with the folks in Cupertino. CNET is reporting that Apple and the computer crime task force of the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office are investigating whether the sale of the now infamous fourth generation iPhone violated the law in any way. CNET explains where Apple could have a case:
Under a California law dating back to 1872, any person who finds lost property and knows who the owner is likely to be but “appropriates such property to his own use” is guilty of theft. If the value of the property exceeds $400, more serious charges of grand theft can be filed. In addition, a second state law says that any person who knowingly receives property that has been obtained illegally can be imprisoned for up to one year.
Any prosecution would be complicated because of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that confidential information leaked to a news organization could be legally broadcast, although that case did not deal with physical property and the radio station did not pay its source.
The suit may, or may not, be aimed at tech blog Gizmodo — the purchaser of the found iPhone — as Apple, the Santa Clara D.A., and Gizmodo all declined to comment when contacted by CNET. What do you think? Will this be a landmark case for Constitutional scholars, or is Apple just letting off some legal steam? More →
According to Engadget, the site that scooped the pics, this prototype was “found on the floor of a San Jose bar inside of an iPhone 3G case” and supposedly features a front-facing camera and 80GB of internal memory. Here’s what we’re betting on… we do think this unit is actually real and not a fake, clone or anything else. But, we’re guessing it’s very — and we mean very — early along in the prototype phase. Not to say the final design isn’t all ready to go, but we’re guessing this isn’t it. For starters, look at the seems in the aluminum casing. You think Apple, of unibody fame, would not have a single piece of machined aluminum for the bezel? Also, the phone appears to be flat, like, completely flat on both sides. That basically goes against almost all of Apple’s principles. Additionally, look at the back of the phone. It actually looks it’s supposed to be the front of the device. You can clearly see either a piece of glass or plastic that’s fitted into the case much like how the display is on an iPhone 3GS, or the display on the iPad. Look at the material around the sides of the back of the phone, you’ll see what we mean. So, we do think this is Apple-manufactured, we just don’t think this is anything close to what we’ll see announced in June. What do you guys think? Photo of the back of the device after the break, and hit Engadget for the rest of the photos! More →
Blog iClarified has posted several images of what a tipster is claiming to be the exterior casing for the fourth generation iPhone. The pictures are a little suspect for several reasons: an all aluminum, unibody enclosure would probably hinder the effectiveness of a Wi-Fi or cellular radio (insert iPhone reception joke here), the Apple logo does not appear to be proportioned properly as compared to the size of the body, the text on the back of the phone is not positioned low enough as compared to previous models… and other things like Photoshop CS4 metadata in the pictures. We suppose the aluminum enclosure/cellular radio issue could be moot, as the iPad uses the Apple logo as the radio signal exit point… however, most of us have heard about the issues the iPad is having with its Wi-Fi radio. Real or fake, with the release of the Incredible, EVO, and iPhone 4G all looming, it is going to be a great summer for high-end cell phone lovers. What do you guys think? A few more images after the break. More →
While everyone is busy crushing over the iPad, a video posted today to YouTube that features what is said to be the display for the next-gen iPhone. The spitting image of the display assembly we saw in an earlier leak, we’re starting to really warm up to the idea that this one-piece display assembly with a screen of roughly 3.7″ is indeed the real deal. Check out the video after the jump and give us your thoughts. More →