That Asian Pacific pipeline of prototypes continues to flow with a new iPod Touch now gracing the front pages of blogs across the world. This latest leak showcases an iPod Touch with a rear facing camera and the designation DVT-1 which indicates that it is an early design. Very similar in appearance to the iPod Touch pair that appeared on eBay recently, this latest leaked prototype has a bare bones OS that is chock full of diagnostic utilities. Despite the iPod’s pristine condition, it is unclear whether this is an older prototype left over from Apple’s failed attempt at placing a camera in the iPod Touch last year or if it is indeed the next generation model. We may have to wait until September to find out whether this is a prototype hot off the presses or if it has been stored safely in someone’s drawer for a long time. Hit the jump for a another shot of the iPod Touch and a hands on video. More →
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!
Remember all those rumors that surfaced last year and spoke of an upgraded iPod Twith an on-board camera? Now is your chance to get your hands on not one, but two iPod Touch prototypes with the aforementioned rear-facing camera. The iPod Touches are designated DVT-1 and DVT-2 and are thought to be units produced for testing by Apple’s development team. These pieces of iPod history fell into the hands of the seller when he purchased them at a flea market from another seller who originally purchased them at an auction. One iPod is completely non-functional while the other boots and reveals a partially complete SwitchBoard OS. Interesting, isn’t it? Hit the jump for a few more shots of the prototypes. More →
Engadget posted photos of the what was said to possibly be an early prototype / actual version of the next generation iPhone last night, and while we assumed their story was legit, we figured the unit was just totally janky and most likely a software testing mule. MacRumors now confirms that the device in question is just a Japanese knock off.
UPDATE: Uh oh, Engadget is now reporting that the unit is in fact most probably a new iPhone device and not a fake or clone. They’ve referred to the leaked Apple iPad photo and what appears to be the same new iPhone in the edge of the photo and a source of theirs also confirming the unit’s authenticity. We’ll see! More →
Did the 3rd generation touch rumors take a turn to being credible? The and Rich posted what it claims to be 100% legitimate pictures of the next generation touch. Whoever they are, they state that the images were sent in from a loyal listener and this is not some publicity stunt. Knowing the length to which radio show hosts will go to generate buzz, we are inclined to not believe them but the images and the video are at least intriguing enough to warrant a look. The images are reportedly from a prototype device that fell into the hands of a person who deals in used electronics parts. This prototype, by presumably some major oversight, was included in a cache of used electronics being sold for parts. The images show both an intact and disassembled touch with a camera position that certainly corresponds with earlier rumors. Most interesting is the presence of a red circuit board, commonly used in prototype devices. The source of the leaked images also provided a video to further substantiate his claim that this is the touch that is expected to be announced at an Apple event in early September. Hit the jump to check out the remaining images and the video and let us know what you think. Is this merely an excellent hard mod or is it the real deal?
The Kogan Agora was heralded last year as an affordable Android handset that would be just the second phone to reach market packing Google’s OS. The phone reportedly missed the mark however, and was thrown back to the scrap pile. Weep not, Android fans, as the ambition of releasing an Android phone is still burning brightly in Ruslan Kogan. He is apparently flashing around a revised Agora prototype and promising bigger and better for his next Android handset endeavor. According to Gizmodo Australia which had an impromptu and brief hands on time with the QWERTY Kogan Agora prototype, the new Agora will ditch the front facing QWERTY keyboard and small LCD in favor of a 3.8 inch display with the much anticipated on-screen “cupcake” keyboard. Hopefully this re-design takes shape as promised and Kogan can work some magic to keep his handset competitive both in price and design.
There it is folks, the first usable prototype of TechCrunch’s internet tablet project. For those who missed it, Michael Arrington decided he wanted a sizable, affordable browser-only device and and couldn’t find one so he decided to build it. Kudos for the follow through, but we have to wonder if there are reasons such a device doesn’t exist. First off, there will definitely be some major drawbacks brought on by the low-end components required to keep the price down – especially with very small production runs. The display likely won’t hold a candle to those found on laptops or UMPCs, the battery life will likely not be desirable as a result of low-quality cells and even at the new target price of $299, we’re not sure how appealing the device actually is. A Nokia N800, for example, is infinitely more functional and can now be had with an 8GB+ memory card for under $200 – Arrignton’s original target price. While the display on the N800 is much smaller than that of the Crunchpad, it is also a much better quality display from the looks of things.
The bottom line is while plenty of readers continue to support the project, when it comes time to fork up the cash we have to wonder if they will maintain the same level of enthusiasm for a device that offers no real benefits beyond the laptops and other devices they all already own. The Crunchpad will likely be a use-at-home toy for those who do end up with a production model as traveling with a sizable device possessing no functionality outside of web browsing doesn’t make much sense. Even when hacks come out to add various features and introduce functionality beyond browsing, working on a touchscreen-only device? No thanks. What do you guys think – hot or hopeless?
Hit the jump for a video of the prototype in action.
Call it the Paris, call it the P5 or call it the ghost of Sony Ericsson past – the bottom line is that this handset will likely never see the light of day. Those of you Sony Ericsson or UIQ die-hards out there will still be interested what we’ve got here though. We’re not sure who M. Kurowski is but he managed to get his hands on a Paris prototype and gave it some serious face time in a two-part video review for the ages. We have to say, this guy has got to be one of our favorite video reviewers of all time. Arguably even better than the Storm unboxing guy. Everything about this review is awesome – from the reviewer himself, to the fact that he shot the video in the dark, to the soothing sounds of what is either bacon sizzling or a fish tank bubbling in the background. It all combines to create a masterpiece. Amazing. Do yourself a favor and hit the jump for part two.