Mysterious iPhone prototype surfaces in Vietnam: iPhone 4G?
Another next-generation iPhone has surfaced, this time in Vietnam. Video suggests that it is the much-anticipated iPhone 4G.
Photos and a YouTube video posted on the Internet today show it is nearly identical to the next-gen iPhone prototype discovered in a California bar and posted on the tech site Gizmodo a few weeks ago. (Read "Will Leaked iPhone 4G Bruise Apple?")
The Vietnam iPhone prototype has the same slab-like design, front camera, metal side-trimmings, and black plastic or ceramic back plate as the California one.
There are minor differences, however, such as the absence of screws on the bottom of the device, which suggests this may be a more polished version of the smartphone that Apple is expected to release this summer.
Unlike the California iPhone prototype, the display on this one appears to be working and shows a fireball graphic from an app entitled "Inferno."
Text on the back of the device indicates it is a 16 gigabyte (GB) version, and a tear-down of the device suggests the iPhone 4G or iPhone HD, as the media has gotten to calling the next iteration of the iPhone, contains a custom Apple A4 processor, similar to the one that powers the company's iPad.
So what is Apple's next generation iPhone doing halfway around the world from the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California? Like most other goods, many electronics are manufactured in Asian countries, such as China and Vietnam.