A little earlier, these images were leaked and posted up on NeoWin.net. The source of the images claimed that they were an iPhone 5 prototype. On closer inspection it appears as though the unit is a non-working replica. The design goes on all the rumors we’ve been hearing over the past month: longer phone, larger display, headset jack at the bottom, redesigned dock connector and a central FaceTime camera.
Neowin’s contact claims that they are pretty decent replicas of the actual phone (except none of us really knows if the rumors are even correct yet). They’re obviously not the real deal anyhow. Notice the slightly oversized FaceTime camera, and the home key. Neither looks like a genuine Apple design. The size of the square inside the home button is all wrong, plus, whatever’s shown as the screen is a still image that’s stuck underneath the top transparent layer. To top it all off, whatever is on the screen isn’t iOS 6 – which it would be if it was a genuine next generation iPhone. (It doesn’t have the new Maps icon.)
All in all, it’s not even a convincing fake. But it does show the power of the iPhone. Even when a product isn’t official and announced, people will spend time creating fake versions based on rumors that aren’t even validated. 7/10 for effort.