Gizmodo has a scoop on what appears to be the next iPhone. Gadget sites have posted blurry screenshots of new toys before. This isn't a hazy third-hand report of something that may or may not be a real phone. This is an actual prototype phone someone found in a bar in California. Gizmodo's writers took the thing apart and confirmed that it has Apple hardware inside and a general Apple hardware feel to the outside. Apple remotely "killed" the phone before the editors could play with the OS but everything else they were able to do indicated that it's as close as we'll get in April to a new iPhone slated for a June release. It's as thorough a dissection of a prototype gadget that I've ever seen from a blog.
What makes me happy about this information is that there's not much in their analysis that makes me feel that I'll need to get my hands on a new iPhone this summer. I'm really happy with the iPhone 3GS I bought last July. I don't want to be one of those people who has to get the newest phone as soon as it's released every year. I bought my 3GS with the intention of keeping it for two years. From what I've seen of the new iPhone, I'll be happy with my old phone and the iPhone OS 4.0 upgrade when it's released later this year.