iPhone 5 leak? New pictures emerge

The latest leaked photos show what appears to be an actual iPhone 5, complete with that heavily rumored redesigned dock connector.

Did a Chinese case manufacturer accidentally reveal the first real photos of an iPhone 5?
Did a Chinese case manufacturer accidentally reveal the first real photos of an iPhone 5? Cool Zone PDA

About a year ago at this time, iPhone 5 rumors and leaked photos were flying fast and furious. In fact, it was in early August 2011, that I speculated, "Is this what the iPhone 5 looks like? MacRumors says yes."

Of course, the answer turned out to be "no." Could we be looking at a similar disappointment this fall? Perhaps, but there's mounting evidence to support the imminent arrival of a new iPhone .

For example, a couple days ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at an upcoming iPhone 5 (or something) . And today, Gizmodo showed photos of what appears to be an actual iPhone 5, suggesting it was "smuggled out of Foxconn's factory."

That sounds like jumping to conclusions, but the photos, which were posted on Chinese case manufacturer Cool Zone PDA's Web site, certainly look real. One shows what appears to be a white iPhone 5 inside a case; the other, the bottom of the iPhone, revealing the heavily rumored redesigned dock connector and what appears to be a headphone jack.

On the other hand, last year at this time, other case manufacturers appeared to be designing products based on rumored specs, so this could be just another set of mock-ups.

That said, they sure do look authentic.

What do you think? Best iPhone 5 evidence to date, or just more unfounded speculation?

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Rick Broida has written about business and consumer technology for nearly 25 years. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets." He also writes for CNET's iPhone Atlas and How To blogs.


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