While Apple isn’t expected to take the mask off the iPhone 5 until its September 12th launch event, it appears that the device, or at least a device that looks very similar to what the iPhone 5 should look like, has leaked out on video ahead of its official launch.
MicGadget reports that a site called VGooo has gotten a hold of an iPhone 5 prototype that was apparently discovered accidentally at Foxconn’s factory in Jincheng, China. Of course, that likely means that it was stolen, but at this point, the whole story is unclear.
In any event, whatever was “accidentally” discovered has now appeared on video showing off an iPhone 5 design that is taller and thinner than the iPhone 4S.
Both of those design features have been rumored and are expected to be part of the iPhone 5 that launches on September 12th.
The phone is unable to boot up and it gives an error that reads:
“This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program. If you are a member of the program, please register your device in the @@[email protected]@.”
So it’s unclear if this is the real deal (there are certainly some irregularities including the home button), a prototype, or something built to closely mirror what’s expected from the iPhone 5 itself. If anything, it gives prospective customers a good look at what to expect from the iPhone 5 when it does make its debut on September 12th.
That’s because some of the design features of the iPhone 5 have been all but confirmed including its larger 4-inch display with 16:9 aspect ratio, its metal backing, a new dock connector and its new headphone jack placement.
Apple is expected to debut the iPhone 5 on September 12th at a launch event in San Francisco. And while a release date is unknown, September 21st is the current rumored release date, a date that fits in well with Apple’s usual launch format.
As for the rest of the iPhone 5, it’s expected to feature 4G LTE data speeds, a new HD front-facing camera, and of course, iOS 6 as its operating system.