Images purporting to show a jerry-built iPhone 5 have leaked online, ahead of the handset’s expected appearance in September or October.
The snaps, which come to us courtesy of iHandset repair dons iLab, apparently depict a handset assembled from parts that found their way out of factories operated by Apple’s manufacturing partners.
In news to surprise almost no-one who has been paying attention to the spate of iPhone 5 leaks, it’s fair to say that the 'next-gen iPhone' in the photos looks nigh-on identical to the current-gen iteration.
In fact, the only discernable changes are the adoption of a smaller dock port – which tallies with rumours that Apple is ditching its 30-pin standard for a new 19-pin version – and what looks to be a taller form factor to accommodate a more expansive four-inch screen.
Billed as the last-ever device to bear the imprint of Apple founder Steve Jobs, the iPhone 5’s spec sheet is expected to take in 4G support for super-fast browsing and Near Field Communications tech to enable the phone to act as digital wallet.
A brawny quad-core processor for graphical heavy lifting and multi-tasking is also expected to be on board, as is an improved eight megapixel camera.
Take a look at our iPhone 5 release date and rumours round-up for the latest gen on Apple's next kit.