According to reports from 9to5Mac and Geeky Gadgets, an iPhone 4 prototype has recently surfaced in Hong Kong. What’s interesting about the device, however, it its capacity: 64GB. People (including me) have longed for a 64GB iPhone, but so far Apple has failed to produce one and make it available. The prototype in question is labeled like a standard iPhone, but instead of listing it’s size, it merely says XXGB on the back – typical of an official Apple prototype.
There are several possibilities here. One possibility is that this isn’t an Apple device at all, but a cleverly hacked 3rd-party device that looks convincing from a photograph. It’s also possible that the device is a hacked or severely modified iPhone 4 with a custom back plate and some custom hardware. The third possibility, however, is that the device is authentic, and that Apple either developed the 64GB iPhone but decided not to market it (perhaps due to cost, hardware issues, or some other issue), or that the device might be a testing ground for eventual implementation of 64GB of storage in a future iPhone model – perhaps the iPhone 5.
While we suspend final judgement on the issue, we would note that the device certainly appears to be an authentic Apple prototype. Additionally, it is in Apple’s spirit to experiment, and we wouldn’t doubt that they did in fact attempt a 64GB model as an option. We feel that the most likely scenario is that the 64GB iPhone 4 was just too expensive to build, so they decided to hold out for another day.
What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments!