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Next-Gen Apple iPhone Found Or Stolen?

Gadget site Gizmodo appears to have scored huge scoop, at least as far as tech enthusiasts are concerned. It claims to have obtained an unreleased iPhone prototype, one that Apple may be planning to release this summer.

Gadget site Gizmodo appears to have scored huge scoop, at least as far as tech enthusiasts are concerned. It claims to have obtained an unreleased iPhone prototype, one that Apple may be planning to release this summer.Having documented the device in video and pictures and disassembled it, Gizmodo editor Jason Chen makes a convincing case that it has genuine future Apple hardware in its possession.

Chen's post states that the iPhone was found in a Redwood City bar, in a case designed to make it look like an iPhone 3GS. Chen doesn't elaborate on the circumstances under which the phone was obtained or whether a payment was made.

Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber, known for his insightful posts about Apple, says that Apple is missing an iPhone and that the company wants it back.

He also disputes Chen's use of the term "lost" to describe the iPhone in question. He says Apple considers the iPhone to be stolen. If that's correct, Apple's lawyers may be pursuing the matter.

According to Gizmodo, Apple remotely shut down the phone, which was running iPhone OS 4.0.

The iPhone has a few features that have long been asked for: a front-facing video camera; a larger lens on the rear-facing camera and a flash; a higher-resolution screen; a micro-SIM instead of a standard SIM card; up and down volume buttons, instead of the a single button; and a new rectangular form factor that does away with the rounded edges of the iPhone 3GS.

Gruber says phone exterior is likely a testbed frame, so it remains to be seen whether the final version of Apple's next iPhone will look the same as the Gizmodo model.

Apple has yet to make a public statement about the phone.

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