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Leaked '64GB iPhone 4' prototype not the full story

A China-focused gadget blog claims to have come across an "engineered prototype." But apparently the serial number predates the iPhone 4, so if anything, it's something Apple tossed out.

The 64GB iPhone, according to M.I.C. Gadget.
The 64GB iPhone, according to M.I.C. Gadget. M.I.C. Gadget

If one can say anything about Apple rumors and so-called "leaks," they're usually more bark than bite. And the latest iPhone-related leak is more of the same.

A China-focused technology blog called M.I.C. Gadget claims it has secured an "engineered prototype" of the iPhone 4 that, it says, features 64GB of storage. The publication says that after testing the iPhone, it believes the device, purportedly leaked from a Foxconn facility in Shenzhen, China, is "the real thing." It posted a video showing the storage capacity on the device--59.1 GB at boot up--as well as some photos to corroborate its claim.

The blog's findings, assuming they're real, are notable because Apple only sells 16GB and 32GB versions of its iPhone 4. And in typical Apple rumor mill fashion, M.I.C. Gadget couldn't help but ask if the device it found is really "the next iPhone."

However, the folks over at Macrumors have analyzed the serial number of the iPhone in the M.I.C. Gadget story and found that the device was actually produced at the beginning of 2010, which means it was floating around for quite a while before the iPhone 4 was officially announced and launched last year. In other words, Apple might have been thinking about offering more capacity with its iPhone 4, but at some point in the process, nixed the idea.

Will an eventual iPhone 5 actually launch with more storage? There's no telling. And as one might expect, Apple won't say. But if anything is certain, it's that this latest iPhone 4 leak doesn't provide any more evidence that more storage will be coming to Apple's next smartphone.

File this one away as yet another in a long line of Apple rumors.