This story has developed quickly. Someone found a new-looking iPhone on the floor of a bar. Initial reaction was “this is a hoax”, then “this is maybe not a hoax”, and now: Gizmodo has paid (a rumoured $10k) for an exclusive look at the device, and determined it is the real deal.
Questions remain: is this an engineering prototype, or a final design? Gizmodo has some interesting points, including that one of the separate volume buttons could do double duty as a shutter button for the improved camera (with flash).
It will be intriguing to see Apple’s response to this unprecedented leak. I’m with Gruber:
[quote]Prediction: Apple’s response will either be (a) to grit its teeth and take this silently, or (b) full blast, all legal weaponry set to kill.[/quote]
The only reason they won’t go with (b) is if it was someone high up at Apple who lost the phone in the first place. Which raises* another question: what sort of person would even have this phone at this stage? Does Apple let non-employees walk around with unreleased models?
*Note 1: it does not “beg” a question. Only logical fallacies “beg the question“.