Rumor Mill: Is this the next iPhone?

Speculation about what the next version of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone will look like kicked into high gear after the blog Gizmodo posted pictures and a lengthy description of what it said was the next version of the popular smartphone.

Click here for a video of the purported next-generation iPhone.According to Gizmodo, the device is "drastically" different from the current iPhone 3GS. The gadget is said to be thinner than the 3GS, owing to smaller internal components. The phone is also said to have a front-facing camera for video chatting, flash for what looks like a larger camera, a secondary microphone for noise cancellation and what looks like a higher-resolution display. Further, the phone is squarer than the current iPhone and has a glass or ceramic backing, according to the blog.

The device did not boot out of recovery mode, according to Gizmodo. The blog said the device was found in a bar in Redwood City, Calif.

An Apple spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Although the company has not made any official announcement about the next iPhone, it is widely expected that Apple will unveil the latest version of the iPhone this June, as it has done in years past.

Apple is notorious for keeping its products under wraps until they are commercially available. Thus, the photos and specifications provided by Gizmodo are impossible to independently verify.

"We're as skeptical--if not more--than all of you. We get false tips all the time," wrote Jason Chen, Gizmodo's editor. "But after playing with it for about a week--the overall quality feels exactly like a finished final Apple phone--and disassembling this unit, there is so much evidence stacked in its favor, that there's very little possibility that it's a fake."

For more:
- see this Gizmodo post
- see this Engadget post
- see this Macworld post

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