Unfortunately, for one young Apple engineer, Gray Powell, some good German beer led to a very, very bad out come when he misplaced, forgot and then lost the prototype to Apple's next highly anticipated iPhone!
Poor Gray Powell, but one lucky Gizmodo, who ended up with the missing device, and got to be the very first to reveal it, in all its pre-release glory, to the world in their exclusive unveiling seen here, which, by the way, includes lots of cool photos and videos of the device!
As you can see above, in this opening and exclusive photo, via Gizmodo, the next iPhone is a real looker. The new iPhone itself is a little heavier, but yet still considerably thinner and slimmer as compared to the current 3GS, and it includes, according to the Giz, the following new features:
"• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• 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"
Well, after the Giz's big unveiling, I sure hope that Apple doesn't go and change it all around, at the very last minute, just to spite us all, because it really is one great looking and feature packed phone. Unfortunately, the phone OS was remotely killed off by Apple, so Gizmodo couldn't boot it up for long, but when attached to a Mac or a PC, it clearly identified itself as the real deal.
In conclusion, as great and as yummy-in-the-tummy as German beer is known to be, the moral of the story is to never drink too much beer, be it German or otherwise, I guess. Unfortunately, for Mr. Powell that is one lesson that he had to learn the hard way, and I can only hope that Apple goes easy on the poor chap, because, quite frankly, I would much rather take my chances on entering a den of lions then to have to enter the office and face a very angry Steve Jobs after what this poor kid did!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, April 20, 2010