Phil Schiller's iPhone 3G Has Front Camera or Greasy Fingerprint

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Click to viewGizmodo readers and conspiracy theory aficionados Nathan Ziehnert & Friends have spent a few hours analyzing the footage from the WWDC08 keynote like CSI agents investigating the Zapruder film. The result: they found what they believe could be a front-facing videocamera in Applemeister Phil Schiller's demo iPhone 3G. Is this a prototype or just a—likely—greasy fingerprint? Check out the video and the captures and tell us what you think.

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It's most probably an optical effect, but that fingerprint looks a lot like a cam. If he wasn't such a cool cuddly guy, I would think Phil is playing mind tricks with us. In any case, we will always have the Apple Videoconferencing Kit.

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[Thanks Nathan]

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DISCUSSION

@uberfu:

They could have easily placed the camera lens underneath the glass much like they did with the light and face sensors. You can't see them unless the light shines off of the glass at just the right angle.

@ajlafontaine:

There's really no way to tell if it is original or 3G. As you can see the wifi is turned on so neither the 3G or edge symbol would show up.

@frigg:

That could certainly be a possibility, especially if the front camera was going to be used for video chatting rather than ATTs video calling or whatever its called. The video calling phones that they have now will only be able to video call with each other, so it will be pretty lame until a lot of people get it. If you could video chat with people on iChat or AIM, a lot more people would use it.

@doctorSpoc:

I think it will be more of a video chat function than a video call (chatting to people on their computers/other iPhones). Also, what everyone else said.