Photos of what is believed to be the upcoming iPhone 5 have just emerged. Sent to mac specialist site, 9to5mac.com, by an unnamed tipster, they seem to show the new phone will see a return to the curved back of previous models.
With the launch of the iPhone 5 expected within the next couple of months, we're sure to see more and more dodgy photos and other rumours and leaks appearing but this is the first reasonably sound evidence we've yet seen of what the latest Apple handset may look like. The grainy pictures, which were caught by a tipster travelling on what appears to be a train in San Francisco, show a man holding what is clearly an iPhone, or iPhone knock off, of some sort.
The tipster told 9to5mac that he got a good look and, being familiar with iPhones, confirmed it wasn't an existing model. However, it proved rather more difficult to get a clear snap to show this.
What we can glean from the photos and what has been said is that, if this device proves to be an iPhone 5, then we can expect the latest Apple smartphone to have ditched the square metal sides of the iPhone 4. Given the furore over that phone's signal problems, this probably isn't a surprise. The new phone also appears to have a volume rocker similar to old iPhones, rather than the separate round buttons of the iPhone 4.
According to the tipster, the phone also appeared thinner than even the iPhone 4, had a curved back, a larger screen and no home button, all of which ties in with previous reports we've heard. The lack of a second lens on the back would also seem to confirm it won't have a 3D capable camera.
The one thing we can't help but ponder is why Apple would let any of its employees use a new iPhone in public without some sort of disguising case, which given how thin this model apparently was, is unlikely to be the case here. Clearly it's all still very tenuous at the moment but there does appear to be something of a pattern forming with rumours we've seen so far.
So what do you think of this latest titbit? Excited by the prospect of a larger screen? Miffed by the apparent lack of 3D? Mourning the loss of those square sides? Let us know in the comments.