iPhone 5 gets video treatment, but is it the real thing?

A person purportedly working at parts reseller ETradeSupply has uploaded a video to YouTube showing off what he claims is the iPhone 5's new body.

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Is this the iPhone 5?
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Apple's iPhone 5 has been the subject of much debate over the last several months, with rumors diverging over release date and features. Now a new video has surfaced claiming to show off the upcoming handset's body.

A person apparently working at parts reseller ETradeSupply yesterday uploaded a video to YouTube showing off what he says is the iPhone 5's chassis. The unibody metal body appears to be thinner than that found in the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. In addition, it's taller, seeming to corroborate earlier reports that the device would be about the same width, but thanks to its height, deliver a 4-inch screen, rather than 3.5-inch screen available now.

Interestingly, the chassis in the video seems to confirm a host of other rumors that have surfaced, as well, including a claim last month that Apple would be moving the headphone jack from the top of the device to the bottom. The chassis that the purported ETradeSupply worker showed off also included a smaller dock connector -- a long-rumored feature believed to be coming to the iPhone 5. The body even showed an aluminum back plate.

The video follows a host of photos published to the Web last week, purporting to show the new iPhone. Those images showed off bodies that delivered all of the same features found in ETradeSupply chassis, including an aluminum back plate, taller design, and smaller dock connector. The images also showed the headphone jack on the bottom, rather than the top.

Apple has not, of course, confirmed that there is such a thing as the iPhone 5, let alone when the much-anticipated device might launch or what sort of features it'll have. However, an increasing number of sources are now showing off what appears to be the same product design. Either Apple has found a way to get the rumor mill off its scent and onto fake features, or they're on to something.

Apple will be holding a keynote address on June 11 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. It has so far confirmed that it'll discuss iOS and OS X, but speculation abounds that the iPhone 5 might also be unveiled. As always, CNET will be on-hand at WWDC to deliver all of the latest news out of the show.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the video. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via ZDNet)