updated 05:50 pm EDT, Wed September 5, 2012
May be unit fresh from production lines
A new VIGOOO video claims to show a finished version of the iPhone 5. In the clip, seen below, the hardware is compared against an iPhone 4S. To prove that the 5 isn't just assembled from previously leaked parts, the person in the video boots both devices; while the 4S makes it to the new device setup screen, the 5 stops at an error message. "This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program. If you are a member of the program, please register your device in the @@url@@," it reads.
The phone is said to have been smuggled out of a Foxconn factory in Jincheng, China. The source remarks that he "accidentally" discovered a prototype there while visiting a friend. He points out that, as seen in the video, the 5 is noticeably thinner and taller than its predecessor. The clip also shows design traits such as a new dock connector, a metal back, a smaller SIM slot, and relocated headphone and FaceTime components.
Apple must at least be in production of the iPhone 5, since a formal unveiling of the device is set to take place on September 12th. It usually takes a month or more for Foxconn to manufacture enough units for major Apple launches, and based on the timing of the iPhone 4 and 4S rollouts, the 5 should ship by the end of September.