The loss of iPhone 4G prototype by an Apple employee brought the device into limelight.
The latest prototype of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 4G was found from a bar in San Francisco by an unnamed person, who later sold the device to a Tech blog called Gizmodo for $5,000.
It was cleverly disguised in an iPhone 3G case. But, unlike 3G it had two cameras, a front-facing video camera plus a rear camera with flash.
The prototype’s touchscreen had an estimated 960 x 640-pixel touchscreen as compared with 480x320 pixels in 3G.
The prototype was 116.8 by 58.6 by 0.93mm in measurements, which makes it slightly longer, narrower and thinner than the 3GS, which measures 115.5 by 62.1 by 12.3mm.
It was weighing 140g, slightly heavier than current 3G that weighs 135g. Its battery was also larger than 3G, however battery life could not be known.
Gizmodo said that a 27-year-old Apple software engineer Gray Powell had lost the device. The loss of the prototype was a great damage for Apple, which firmly controls every aspect of the product development process.
Later, Gizmodo’s editor Jason Chen announced that they returned the device to Apple following request from company’s legal department.
Apple is yet to announce the name and launch of its next-generation iPhone.