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.
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