Hardware news site Kitguru.net has put up an extensive gallery of images which they believe is the iPhone 5 in the wild. We disagree: this is pretty clearly a rough model someone has put together for the purpose of getting the jump on making cases or accessories. But it still shows what the consensus is amongst accessory makers with ties to the Far East about what the next iPhone will look like.
In the images, a very rough-around-the-edges build of a longer iPhone is displayed side-by-side with a much more polished iPhone 4S. The new iPhone features a redesigned 19-pin dock connector, speaker grille and bottom headphone jack, just as numerous news outlets have reported over the past two months.
We’re not going to be surprised if this is, indeed, what the iPhone 5 looks like… but we’re pretty doubtful this thing is a finished product out of Foxconn. Parts of it look like they were made out of spray paint modeling clay. And the fact that Kitguru.net consistently places their watermark over the home button in every shot implies they’re hiding something.
We think what is more likely is that this is a hand-made mock-up of the iPhone 5 for the purposes of making cases and other compliant accessories. Whether the intel that informed this mock-up are the same rumors we’ve been hearing for months, or direct insider intelligence, who’s to say?
What do you think?