It’s a new week, and therefore, there’s another iPhone 5 rumour doing the rounds.
The latest Apple related gossip is that a next-generation iPhone has been smuggled out of the Foxconn factory, photographed, and the resulting image posted on the web.
You can see the leaked pic of the purported Apple smartphone at Gizmodo (it originated from a Chinese site).
True to the rumours which have been aired up until now, it has a taller 4 inch display, and a new 19-pin dock connector to make room for more technical wizardry inside the device. But if it’s a piece of fakery, then obviously the perpetrators would want to reflect exactly those elements to lend the snaps an air of authenticity.
In fairness, the iPhone 4 saw images leaked a good six weeks before its launch, also on a far east website.
However, in this case the iPhone 5 isn’t expected to be released until October, and recent speculation pointed to the fact that it isn’t in manufacturing yet. So all this would seem to point towards the image being a fake.
We also reckon it looks a bit on the thick side, considering that the rumour mill has also indicated the phone will be lighter and thinner than the 4S (using new display technology for a thinner touchscreen).
Obviously, Apple, being focused on design and image, would hardly want to be releasing a chunkier phone this time round.
Therefore, we’re going to call this a likely fake, although nothing’s certain in the world of Apple. It does seem too early for the smartphone to be rolling off the presses, as it were – unless a September launch is still on the cards, of course…