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Taiwanese site Apple.pro republishes some photographs originally posted to Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service similar to Twitter.

The images claim to be of an "iPhone 4GS" test model running iOS 4.0. The unit appears to be identical to the iPhone 4 with a reported 5 megapixel camera based on the diagnostic software. The iTunes artwork looks different but as some readers have pointed out -- no camera and looks to simply be the original iPod Touch artwork.

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Beyond that information, there is little else that seems remarkable about the device, and due to the difficulties in translation, we can't even be sure of all the claims, nor the creditability of the original source. As such, we are posting for discussion and interest alone, and not necessarily that these represent accurate images.

The next iPhone is expected to be released this september and there have been reports that the new device might be undergoing testing within the current iPhone 4 casing. The Wall Street Journal has claimed that the final design will be "thinner and lighter" than the iPhone 4.

Update: Based on serial number and iOS version, it seems this is most likely an earlier iPhone 4 prototype. The serial number indicates that the phone was manufactured in the 48th week of 2009.

Top Rated Comments

Reach9 Avatar
144 months ago
yep, moved this to ios blog.

arn

Been pretty slow days for rumors eh?
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LukeHarrison Avatar
144 months ago
I took it upon myself to do this. The "test" device in that iTunes picture looks like a first generation iPod Touch. I zoomed in with photoshop, and this came up



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That'll be the small plastic tab that covered the WiFi antenna in the first gen. iPod touch.

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Epic Xbox Revie Avatar
144 months ago
The test device also wouldn't be on iOS 4.0 :rolleyes:
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MacNewsFix Avatar
144 months ago
There are so many conflicting reports from analysts and rumor sites right now on the next iteration of the iPhone that I half expect it to be made of unicorn blood and the laughter of small children. Oh yeah, and rainbows! Rainbows definitely.
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Wigletbill Avatar
144 months ago
Apple + Shift + 4....

Stupid. Take a screengrab.
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Intell Avatar
144 months ago
That iTunes picture looks a lot like a 1G iPod Touch.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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