Deja Vu: iPhone 5 Spotted in the Wild? [Rumor]

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iPhone 5 prototype spotted

Hold on to your hats, because the iPhone 5 may have just been spotted in the wild, again. In classic fashion, an anonymous tipster has snagged a not-so-clear picture of what he claims to be Apple’s next iPhone.

Taken in San Francisco, this picture is of an alleged Apple employee on his way home from work. The tipster in question feels very strongly that the device in the employee’s hands is an iPhone 5, and he just may be right.

The tipster sent in this juicy finding to 9to5Mac:

“He caught what he said was likely an Apple employee hunched over the device on the way home from work in San Francisco earlier this week.  He told us he was able to get a very good look at the device but the pictures he snapped “didn’t do it justice”.

According to 9toMac, this could really be an iPhone 5 prototype. It does seem to match the purported case leaks from yesterday.

“We contacted the tipster by phone and checked his background.  We believe he saw a totally new Apple device, probably a prototype iPhone 5.  He contacted us because when he got home, he doubted what he saw was legitimate until he looked at the green cases we posted.  Then it all came together for him.  Our tipster has had an iPhone 3GS and currently has an iPhone 4.  He knows his iPhones and iPods and this was like nothing he’s ever seen.  He said it would fit perfectly into the case below.”

Described as being almost “EVO-like” in screen size, this alleged iPhone 5 looks to be thinner and and slightly larger than the current iPhone 4. With rounded edges and a tapered back, the device is definitely too thin to be an iPhone 3GS and too rounded to be the iPhone 4.

“Our tipster wasn’t able to see the front/home button and the man holding the device was covering the Apple logo for all but a brief moment when the above picture was snapped.  It seemed apparent that he was trying to hide what he had more than the average smartphone user.”

It’s important to take these rumors with a grain of salt, but the idea of another iPhone prototype spotted out in the wild is very exciting. It wasn’t that long ago when a similar iPhone prototype was found in a bar— we all remember how fun that was.

One thing is for sure, this iPhone looks way better than the other “prototype” we saw this morning.

Here’s to the iPhone 5!