iPhone 4th-gen “midboard” on sale at Chinese retailer?

Nov 3, 2009

Remember the iPhone HD SIM tray spotted in China last month?  Well, if you're looking to piece together your own next-gen Apple device, you'll be keen to see China Ontrade's latest purported component: it's tipped to be the "iPhone 4 Generation Midboard".

The vendor claims they'll be able to ship the OEM part within 5-12 days, as well as that they have "final pictures" of the iPhone 4th-gen back cover that they'll be adding to the site soon.  As for the midboard itself, it's said to be 113.5 x 57.3 mm which makes it slightly shorter and slightly narrower than the current iPhone 3GS.

Normally we'd be indecently sceptical about any leaked Apple parts - in fact we are now - but as Gizmodo points out, China Ontrade were spot on when it came to the iPhone 3G's display assembly.  They had access to that part a month ahead of Apple's official launch; that raises the question of when this fourth-gen device might drop, considering a new iPhone handset isn't expected on the market for another eight months.

[via Gizmodo]

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