We received this crystal-clear image of what a source claims to be the iPhone 4 for Verizon. We don’t know if it’s real or not. I hope it is, however, because it looks amazingly good. Update: It’s an alternative cover.
Update: Actually, it’s not the Verizon iPhone, but a alternative back cover. But now that I’ve seen it this way, I know I want it.
It may be real, especially after the NYT and the WSJ confirmed that is indeed coming in 2011.
In addition to that, there have been credible reports on Apple engineeres being aware of back glass problems that make the iPhone 4 design too fragile. An aluminum back makes sense, and this retro brushed styling looks like something that Jon Ive would do.
However, it could also be a clever, very well done fake (as it tuns out, it is). Not a Photoshop, but a custom-made aluminum back. The markings could have been made with a laser. It does look amazingly good, however.
Again, this source is completely unverified at this point, so no matter how good it looks, take this with a full spoon of salt.