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Apple iPhone 5 appears in photo?

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Apple iPhone 5 appears in photo?
It might not be a prototype unit left on the floor of a bar, but a picture allegedly depicting an Apple employee testing the Apple iPhone 5 was obtained by 9 to 5 Mac. The unit doesn't exactly match up with the leaked pictures of the case designs for the next gen iPhone that we reported on. The volume rocker, for one, remains on the left side of the phone while the new case design shows the rocker to be on the other side.

Is this the Apple iPhone 5?

Is this the Apple iPhone 5?

The picture is said to be taken on a train in San Francisco, where an Apple employee could make sure that calls and data are handing off properly between towers. The tipster has had an Apple iPhone 3GS and currently owns the iPhone 4, so when he says that the Apple employee had something entirely new in his hand, we can believe him.

The tipster also says that the display was "EVO-like" in terms of size, with a body thinner than the current Apple iPhone 4, but also wider. The back is curved tapered glass or plastic, which dovetails perfectly with earlier reports that the new model would have a curved back like the Apple iPhone 3GS. The tipster could not see the home button and it appeared that the Apple employee was trying to cover up the Apple logo on the back of the phone. He said it was apparent that the man was trying to hide the phone and that the device was too amazing to be built by anyone besides Apple.

So we are at the stage now where the stray Apple iPhone 5 will make an appearance in bars, trains and wherever Apple goes to test them. So keep a sharp eye out wherever you go for some guy huddling close to a unusual handset with the Apple logo on the back. Don't forget to snap a picture and send it to us via our Tip line.

source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 28 Jul 2011, 16:51 9

1. andro (unregistered)


wow thats so unimpressive

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 07:25 1

45. Laurynas (unregistered)


Apple iPhone 5 appears in photo?

Photo:http://maxkorehnke.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/iphone_5.jpg

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 08:40 1

48. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


awesome....lol lmfao rofl...good one man :) ;)

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 16:55 12

2. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


"the device was too amazing to be built by anyone besides Apple"

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:10 10

8. quakan (Posts: 1194; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


all hail steve jobs lol

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:58 7

16. quakan (Posts: 1194; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


^^^^why did this get voted down lol it was sarcasm

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 19:34 6

25. pong (unregistered)


Lol... never mock the apple god

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 16:58 1

3. harvardale (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Lame. "Hey look! I think that guy in that car that was on the other side of the road may have possible been maybe been using an iPhone 5!"

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:15 1

10. w2ymmike (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Nov 2010)


hahahahahaha nice !!!!!!

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:01 5

4. Raven (unregistered)


...you..gotta...be...s**ttin' me.....
OOOOOOOOOHHHMYYYYYGODDDDDDDD CUT IT OUT W/ YOUR DAMN IPHONE OBSESSION!!!!
THIS IS SUCH AN IDIOCRATIC SOCIETY!
PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT WITH SPECULATION..APPLE'S SHARE IS INCREASING!...AND BECAUSE OF THAT YOUR IPHONE WOULD COST A THOUSAND BUCKS..AND YOU'D PAY FOR IT!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 18:27 7

20. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


You sound like a lunatic. So it's ok that everyone has been speculating about the Bionic for what seems like a year? I have no problem with either. Why do you?

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 19:55 1

27. Raven (unregistered)


i'm saying there are more important things in life...wake the F! up..

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 19:58 1

28. Raven (unregistered)


oh and btw...it's funny how a Machine Worshipper/Geek calls you a lunatic...nop..ain't nothin' wrong' bout that..ROFL

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 00:14

38. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 143; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


oh god raven your an idiot.. go be stupid somewhere else please? you just sound dumber and dumber with everything you say cause you clearly dont know what your talking about..

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:07

51. xeptor (unregistered)


so...many..caps! gah *head explodes*

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:02 5

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3024; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


EVO like in size? I hardly doubt it.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 18:40 6

21. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Did you mean to say 'highly doubt?'

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 19:01 6

22. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3024; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yes. Damn auto correct.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 22:19 2

37. Leyjee (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2011)


Yea.. It doesnt add up.. an iPhone has always been a small phone, I doubt a screen bigger than 3.7"

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:04 4

6. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


wow, you can hardly make up anything in the photo and people are already amazed... sad sad sheep

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 03:10 1

40. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


the only one that is amazed here is the tipster, that saw the phone in person. calm down.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:05 10

7. quakan (Posts: 1194; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


If you hear any news about an apple employee getting fired or harshly disciplined within the next couple weeks then we can believe this

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:15 3

9. Joe (unregistered)


I'm a huge Apple fan (who hasn't owned an iPhone yet because I prefer VZW and I'm under contract for a few more months, but owns multiple Macs, and ipad, Apple TV, etc.) but I have to say that this article / testimony is such phoey. ESPECIALLY the line "the device was too amazing to be built by anyone besides Apple". Gimme a break !

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:18 2

11. megadirk (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


I would really hope that if Apple does have people testing their new phone that they would have a case that covers up the obviousness of it being made by apple, i.e. the Apple logo.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:26 1

12. biglebronski (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


Just stop it...

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:29 1

13. WowSoDouchey (unregistered)


"He said it was apparent that the man was trying to hide the phone and that the device was too amazing to be built by anyone besides Apple"

lmao, thats so ***. Apple's iPhone 4 couldnt even make phone calls and douchebags call that "amazing"? How sad is society...lol

Again, over priced and shiney trumps functional...

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 18:03 2

17. biglebronski (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


Functional? Like sending text messages to the wrong recipients and losing email functionality out of nowhere?

You should try the functionality that "overpriced and shiny (learn to spell BTW)" offers. You'd be surprised.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 09:05

49. LOLOLOLOL (unregistered)


Lol, spell checking on a message board proves allot (rolls eyes) and Doctors' poor handwriting means they can't practice medicine...

Anyways, I work for AT&T I know EXACTLY how terrible the iPhone is from seeing it DAILY. Unlike you tools that went from your flip phone or BB and now think the toned down, over priced, unable to make a call, privacy violating, cult like, BS iphone qualifies as "good"

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:34 2

14. E.J.Su (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I am willing to bet that the "tipster" was probably Apple's hype machine at work.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:45 4

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


hmmmm I smell haters... in here.... mixed with drips of denial scent...

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 18:07 2

18. sunblaze870 (unregistered)


He prob traded his iPhone 4 for an Android phone haha...

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 18:17 2

19. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


looks the same size as the iphone4... not impressed

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 19:31 3

24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


but you're impressed by Apple knock offs?

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 03:14 1

41. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


you can tell size based on this blurry photo? gtfo

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 19:02 2

23. pete7625 (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


I love apple and all, but this article is completly pointless. That could be ANY black phone or a phone with a case on it. Come on.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 19:48 1

26. networkdood (Posts: 6273; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Subway should celebrate the coming of IPHONE 5 with a special 5.00 SUBWAY sandwich....

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 20:19

29. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I think its a fake picture.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 21:01 3

30. oovoosce (unregistered)


I don't get y people hate apple so much.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 21:30 4

33. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


sorry i ment to thumbs down :/ haha they/we/us/whoever hates apple because they advertise and brag that they're the best when clearly they are not.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 21:07 2

31. applesauce (unregistered)


Looking at the picture, there's no way the screen would be "EVO-like", unless the guy's hands are the same size that Andre the Giant's were. Looks like the same dinky size as a 4. iFail5 rumormill churning at full speed now.
Maybe it was a prototype of another device, or the 2012 model iFail, or even an iPhony

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 21:50 1

34. dandirk (unregistered)


well it has been reported that the iphone 5 will have a larger screen setup in edge to edge config to allow for the actual size of the phone to not change much.

I thought I read somewhere this means it would be a 3.75-4 inch screen.

I don't think there is too much to this... but you never know. Its hard to tell anything with the pic really.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 21:19 3

32. phonegeek2426 (unregistered)


Wake up people iPhone is not that gr8.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 21:55 1

35. joey18 (Posts: 521; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


more poeple hat apple but they wan apple phone so september more people start saling there phoe to get the iphone 5

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 22:10 2

36. Heatfan316 (unregistered)


Don't post here anymore your a dullard, 9to5 mac is more on your level.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 03:03

39. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1945; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Wow!!! @ droid and apple nerds... I'm getting the LG thrill, and I'm getting the new iPhone 5.. G's up :)

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 09:13

53. icrap destroyer (unregistered)


ok i own an android so obviously that makes me a fandroid i guess, but i dont hate the iphone i hate the attitude that it brings the majority of the people who have iphones(at least where i live) are stuck up jerks who thought that theyre iphones can beat any phone out the water and that it was the only one to do apps untill the g1 came out and trust me the first android phone beat the crap out of the iphone 3g.....now if we compare the iphone 4 and the droid x, droid x beats the iphone 4 in any test. so for you isheeps im not making fun of the phone im making fun of you, because your the reason why most android users hate apple, so lets review my comment, iphone alright but could use some work, isheeps hopeless unless tossed off a cliff.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 03:24

42. matistight (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 May 2009)


AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES AN IPHONE 3G/S??????

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 03:25

43. matistight (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 May 2009)


I also see no flash....

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 05:27

44. apple (unregistered)


Maybe was that guy only ashamed of his Chinese fake...

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 07:31

46. Rich (unregistered)


"the device was too amazing to be built by anyone besides Apple"

LOL what a joke.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 08:27

47. Dec0der (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Jun 2011)


enhance... enhance... enhance...

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 10:36

50. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6564; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Stop acting like its a big thing. I mean com on just another damn iphone.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:57

52. ilikeapples (unregistered)


iphone used to be so kool...

until it used by every single dame person around. from a kid to 90 grandma touching it like having seex with it.
holding it with their sweaty hands.
wow. what have it became.

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