Leaked photos and specs of iPhone 4G hit the web

Early yesterday, Apple's nightmare came true when Gizmodo published a full on hands-on review of Apple's upcoming iPhone 4G two months before the device was set to go on sale

Monday morning was not a day you wanted to be around Steve Jobs. 

Early yesterday, Apple's nightmare came true when Gizmodo published a full on hands-on review of Apple's upcoming iPhone 4G two months before the device was set to go on sale. The backstory surrounding Gizmodo's acquisition of the device is quite interesting. It turns out that a 27 year old Apple engineer was out in Redwood City, California celebrating his birthday where he unfortunately had one beer too many, and ultimately forgot the next-gen iPhone he was testing at the bar. The iPhone was subsequently picked up an enterprising, albeit immoral, fellow and sold to Gizmodo for a few grand.

Over the past 24 hours, Gizmodo has generated a significant amount of controversy for purchasing and publishing details about an iPhone it had good reason to believe was stolen, or at the very least, belonged to Apple. More than that, Gizmodo went so far as to publish the identity of the young Apple Software Engineer who had the misfortune of losing his top secret device. As expected, this has prompted many to question the ethics of Gizmodo's tabloid-style journalism. 

But that's a discussion unto itself. For now, let's take a look at what can only be described as the most devastating Apple leak under the helm of Steve Jobs.

As previously rumored, the next-gen iPhone comes equipped with a front facing camera, though Gizmodo notes that the lens on the back of the iPhone is noticeably larger as well. Camera hounds may be pleased to find out that the iPhone 4G apparently comes with built-in camera flash. 

Some of the other additions detailed by Gizmodo include:

• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)

• Improved display. It's unclear if it's the 960x640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the "Connect to iTunes" screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.

• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack

• Split buttons for volume

• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

As you can tell from the picture above, the back of the upcoming iPhone is noticeably different. Not only did Apple do away with the plastic casing, which it reportedly replaced with some sort of glass/ceramic concoction, but it also did away with the curved back, opting for a flat back instead.

Internally, iPhone data hounds will be pleased to know that the iPhone 4G comes with a 16% larger battery, which Apple was able to achieve by miniaturizing the rest of the devices internal components.

Size wise, Gizmodo notes that the device is 3 grams heavier than the iPhone 3GS, but has a slimmer form factor. Specifically, the phone measures in at 4.50 by 2.31 by 0.37 inches

Some notable design changes include an aluminum border which completely envelops the device and the presence of two distinct volume buttons.

In terms of software, the iPhone was reportedly running Apple's latest iPhone OS 4 when it was initially found, but the device was subsequently wiped remotely via MobileMe. Apple's hardware is firmware specific, so Gizmodo was unable to load up the phone beyond the "connect to iTunes" display.

Below, you can view a short video of the upcoming iPhone which, at this point, is undoubtedly 100% legitimate.

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