Sunday, September 17, 2006

Apple iPhone slips out in Paris?



copyright reghardware.co.uk
by Tony Smith
published September 14th, 2006

Apple's eagerly anticipated 'iPhone' may have made an unscheduled appearance in public this week - on the front page of a Paris newspaper. French publication 20 Minutes on Tuesday splashed a picture of the device on an edition of the paper timed to coincide with the opening of Apple Expo Paris.

French phone-oriented website PDA France snapped the cover, revealing a black, iPod-like handset with numeric pad, call make and break keys and an iPod Shuffle-style clickwheel-esque navigation control. There's what appears to be a memory card slot - Mini SD? - on the device's left-hand side.

On the back is a square recess, presumably for the camera, which matches the iSight webcam lens on Apple's latest desktop and notebook Macs.

A hoax? An artist's impression? We're tempted to think either might be the case, but PDA France is adamant that the image was credited by the magazine to Apple itself.

We're still not completely convinced - it's easy enough to create a fake magazine front page and add such touches for verisimilitude.

The cover was published before Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the company's latest iPod designs and the iTV set-top box. It had been speculated in some quarters that the company would also show off the much-rumoured iPhone, though in the end, no such revelation was made.

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