First it was Gizmodo in a bar in Redwood City, now it’s Taoviet and a Vietnamese business man. Thing is, Apple has apparently lost another next generation iPhone, and this time the unit doesn’t seem to be a prototype, but it could really be a production unit.
Screws are gone, and so is the XXGB label on the back. The unit has a more polished, screwless design, it’s got 16GB of storage and, still, it doesn’t boot. Well, there’s something on the display actually, but it says “Inferno” - could be some firmware diagnosis tool, we’ve seen this stuff before as Macrumors reports.
So we’ve got images and a video but what about the story behind this unit traveling around the world? It turns out that this model has been purchased by this “business man” at $4.000 God knows where and why, then made its way to Vietnam and leaked on to the Internet. Doesn’t sound as exciting as the Californian-bar adventure. Anyway, my best guess is that the iPhone HD is now manufactured and shipped to carriers for testing (yes, carriers) and thus leaking it is way more likely.
Find the video after the break.