Video of "accidentally found" iPhone 5 released ahead of launch

By on September 6, 2012, 4:00 PM

A YouTube video in which someone compares an iPhone 4S alongside a purported iPhone 5 has reached over a million views in a single day. The camera footage, which could still stand to be the most elaborate iPhone 5 hoax yet, expositions a thinner phone with a larger display, mini-dock connector and bottom-positioned audio input. These details jibe with the many rumors we've been hearing for the past several months concerning the design of Apple's upcoming phone which is expected to be announced on September 12.

The Next Web claims that the originators of this video "accidentally found" an iPhone 5 at Foxconn's Jincheng facility, presumably the birth place of many more phones just like this one. "Accident" in this case is likely shorthand for "intentional misappropriation of goods", but few details are known. 

Somewhat comically, thanks to the plethora of iPhone 5 rumors and potential leaks, Chinese company GooPhone has patented a design which is expected to be identical to the iPhone 5. GooPhone says it will protect its Chinese patent aggressively, possibly suing Apple if it releases its latest smartphone within China's jurisdiction. The GooPhone i5 faithfully imitates purported design leaks and was patented and released before the iPhone 5 was announced, giving GooPhone a possible legal advantage over Apple in China. Of course, all of that depends on the accuracy of said rumors and leaks.

The video shows the 4S and 5 side by side, revealing a new, larger smartphone without a metal edge and an extra pin-hole near the front-facing camera. It also demonstrates both devices booting up together into iOS.

As convincing as this video may seem, the public still can't be certain about what Apple's new smartphone will look like until it is officially unveiled. Maintaining a healthy amount of skepticism is highly recommended.




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spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Could be a Goophone. I understand why they'd cover up the numbers on the back, but why the apple logo?

1 person liked this | JC713 JC713 said:

Could be a Goophone. I understand why they'd cover up the numbers on the back, but why the apple logo?

I feel like it isnt a real iphone because the holes at the top of the screen dont match up with the iphone 5 screen video. also the screen is blacker and the home buttons looks really deep. I dont know anymore...

mikeygolden mikeygolden said:

Could be a Goophone. I understand why they'd cover up the numbers on the back, but why the apple logo?

Could be a Goophone. I understand why they'd cover up the numbers on the back, but why the apple logo?

I feel like it isnt a real iphone because the holes at the top of the screen dont match up with the iphone 5 screen video. also the screen is blacker and the home buttons looks really deep. I dont know anymore...

People are stupid. thats a goophone i5 model. it has a mini usb for charging android os. check your facts, apples not careless enough to "leave and iphone 5" lying around.

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

If thats the new iphone I'm so glad I didnt wait for that. Its the same thing just stretched longer a half a inch and with a new connector so all your old ipod/Iphone related stuff wont work with the new one how fail is that. Galaxy Note ftw.

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

it has a mini usb for charging android os.

No, that's definitely a proprietary port. It doesn't resemble a mini or micro USB connection.

apples not careless enough to "leave and iphone 5" lying around.

You made me chuckle on that one. :-)

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1 person liked this | budnik said:

I can tell you right now it will look almost identically to all the other iphones

OortCloud said:

Not only will it look the same, it will also be functionally almost identical. Dispite this (and an exhorbitant price tag) people will hurl their iPhone 4 in a landfill and join the queue of lemmings on the cliff top.

george241312 george241312 said:

Its a real iphone its probably an engineering sample and the numbers in the back cant be shown because it will identify whoever leaked it but theres no way Chinese Kirf phones can have those graphics thta ios has like the fade in and out of the appl logo and + it said I cant be activated ... means there are not activation tickets yet because its not out yet ....

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I can actually guarantee that is not the new iPhone

If it is, I will eat all my TF2 hats...

DanUK DanUK said:

People are stupid. thats a goophone i5 model. it has a mini usb for charging android os. check your facts, apples not careless enough to "leave and iphone 5" lying around.

Lulz.. you really have no idea what you're talking about do you?

Neojt said:

LOL so from the tequilla bar to another the "Lost " another phone cmon how stupid to they think ppl are just say its a preview and get a life!

BTW the screen is just taller not wider ?!??!! that going to be a weird aspect ratio

MrCus976 said:

Great news everyone, Apple seems to have made a screen that gets darker and loses all reflections when turned on : P

scorpionvenom said:

I don't understand why people get bothered about all this hype,sure we will all know come the 12th what it really is there unveiling

Emexrulsier said:

Before I read the article was gunna say it looks like a GooPhone i5

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