Daring Fireball's John Gruber has posted his own comments verifying the authenticity of the pictures. Gruber cites a 2006 patent for a "radio transparent" ceramic smartphone enclosure which would seem to match up with the photos posted over the weekend.
"I think it’s a testbed frame — thicker, with visible (un-Apple-like) seams, meant to fit in 3GS cases so as to disguise units out in the wild," said Gruber. "It’s hard to tell from the photos. But I think it is the real deal in terms of the internals and display being next-gen iPhone hardware, and the new glass back."
According to tipsters that provided the original pics and commentary from Gruber, here are just some of the features thought to be on the iPhone 4G:
- Apple A4 processor
- 640x960 display
- High resolution rear camera with flash
- Front-facing camera for video conferencing
- MicroSIM support
We'll know for sure if this is the next generation iPhone at Apple's event scheduled for late June.