First iPhone 3G unboxing, or dubious Photoshop skills?

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To add further misery to those who probably won’t get an iPhone 3G on Friday, photos claiming to be the first “unboxing” have appeared online.

Boy Genius Report has a whole gallery of images of the IPhone 3G, while a Portuguese site also claims to have one.

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Boing Boing seems to have found two tiny screws on the bottom of the iPhone 3G, near the dock, which may suggest that this version has a user-replaceable battery. However, it’s not difficult to slap a couple of screw-heads onto a picture of an iPhone in Photoshop, so I’ll reserve judgement until I see it for myself. Apple generally hates visible screws, and there are other ways of allowing the battery to be accessible that don’t involve screws.

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Of course, some American journalists have had their greasy mitts all over the latest iPhone for several weeks, and have posted up reviews today. They generally haven’t resorted to “me first” photo-taking tactics, though.

Funnily enough, no-one from the UK seems to have ‘fessed up to sneaking an iPhone 3G box, though I wonder if some City Link couriers are getting ready to “delay’ some stock.

We’ll have more of a clue from about 1pm tomorrow London time, when New Zealand will get their hands on the iPhone 3G.

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Andy Merrett