New MacBook

Vietnamese site, Tinhte, has posted an unboxing video of the next MacBook revision which was last updated in October 2009. Vietnam these days but it’s suddenly a hot bed for industry leaks. Just this week another Vitnamese site posted photos and teardowns of the iPhone 4G.

The new MacBook (identifying itself as a MacBook7,1) includes a faster 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (up from 2.26GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM (an update from the GeForce 9400M found in the current MacBook6,1) — right, the same CPU and GPU as the entry level 13-inch MacBook Pro but for only $999 (assuming Apple maintains the same entry-level pricing).

The new MacBooks could be released as early as next Tuesday. But take this rumor with a grain of salt.

My only problem with the video is I can’t understand Vietnamese. I’ll work on a translation.

iPhone 4G leaked by the Vietnamese site

From the looks of these images, the Vietnamese site, Taoviet, has acquired a 16GB 4th generation iPhone. Some difference from this model and the unit that Gizmodo bought. The pair of screws at the bottom of the device are gone. The cleaner design could indicate a newer prototype (closer to the actual retail model) though both the iPhone 3G and 3GS went to market with a similar pair of screws. Taoviet posted teardown pics showing an Apple branded processor. Most likely an A4 processor. Apparently the site purchased it for $4000.

iPhone 4G

On Monday, April 19, the next generation iPhone HD or 4G, with the author preferring the latter name, was released. But not by the CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs. It was actually released by GIZMODO.COM, a popular technology website whose receive 5 million page views in a matter of hours.
Apparently, an Apple employee had lost his next generation iPhone prototype while drinking at a bar. This Apple employe was with some of his colleagues from Apple Inc. drinking at a German Pub in Redwood, CA, a few miles from Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA. The employee in question updated his Facebook status on his iPhone, finished his beer, and left forgetting to take his iPhone with him.
The man sitting next to him had noticed that somebody left an iPhone. It looked like an iPhone 3GS, the current model, and waited for somebody to reclaim it. He did notice something unusual about the phone in that is had two barcode stickers on the back and that it was running an unfamiliar iPhone operating system. At the time iPhone OS 4 was not yet released to the public or to developers.
The guy who had found an iPhone decided to take back home and see if there was any contact information on the device that can be used to find the honor. When he took off the case of the iPhone he found something totally different. It was not an iPhone 3GS or another iPhone he has every seen. When he tried to turn on the iPhone he couldn’t. The phone had been wiped clean of all its information by the Apple employee.
Not knowing what else to do he decided to snap some pictures of it on put them on the internet. GIZMODO.COM purchased the iPhone for $5000 and posted a hands-on review gushing out all the secrets of Apple’s unreleased product. Later on in the day, GIZMODO.COM received a call personally from Steve Jobs requesting that their prototype phone be returned to them. Which GIZMODO.COM happily complied with the order.
The new iPhone has been extensively photoed and videotaped taking out tall the hype from Mr. Jobs’ keynoted event in June when the product is scheduled to be released. We know very little about the actual technical specifications about the phone we know a lot about its looks and design.
The new iPhone has some notable changes to the design as follows:
  • New design with rounded corners and flush back possibly made of glass
  • Uses a micro-sim card instead of regular SIM card
  • Improved camera with flash and 5x digital zoom (the lens is noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
  • Front-facing video chat camera
  • Three grams heavier with with 16% larger battery
  • Similar screen but with improved display
  • 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
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