Chinese Vendors Already Taking Orders for 'iPhone 5' as New Physical Mockup Photos Surface

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    Reuters reports on the growing number of Chinese vendors that have already begun taking orders for the "iPhone 5", despite the fact that Apple has made no announcement about the next-generation iPhone's specs or availability.
    The report also points to a surge in the number of cases for the next-generation iPhone being sold through similar channels. But while case makers have sometimes possessed accurate advance information in the past such as with the iPad 2, they were less successful with their production of iPhone cases for a tapered form factor last year.

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    iPhone 4S (left) and "iPhone 5" model (right)
    Increasing activity surrounding the next-generation iPhone comes as KitGuru posts a number of photos of what it claims is the actual device. But while the overall form factor is consistent with previously-leaked photos and details, a number of aspects of the photos including a very rough appearance and a lack of a visible LCD display or opening for one in the front panel suggest that the item is simply a physical mockup based on circulating information.

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    The source of the mockup is unknown, with KitGuru simply noting that it was spotted "in the Far East", and it may represent a case maker's model for advance production based on leaked and rumored details. Similar internal molds claimed to be for the next-generation iPhone and "iPad mini" surfaced earlier this week.

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    Headphone jack on the bottom?! GROSS. Sorry Left-Handers.
     
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    That looks like it's been made from plasticine....
     
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    "It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money"
     
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    I hope Apple really doesn't put the headphone jack on the bottom.
     
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    The FaceTime camera is in a different location on this mockup compared to the previous leaked parts.
     
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    Slow news day?

    These mock-ups look horrible compared to the leaked parts a couple of weeks ago. Wondering what this has to do with preorders anyways. But, hey, I take preorders as well! Give me 120% of the expected retail price and I will order one for you when it comes out! :D $1100 doesn't soud too bad. I will get at least the base model for that and send it to you.
     
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    You know, the screen rotates when you turn the device upside down :D
     
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    Although I doubt its legitimacy, this does give people a good look at what the phone might look like. I like it except for (as others have said) the headphone jack at the bottom. I much prefer it up top.
     
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    I welcome this. If my phone is in my pocket I can just slide it halfway out to change the song.
     
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    Absolutuely! So, if you do a mock-up, do it right kinda thing? :p
     
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    I so hope this is not the next iPhone, just because I want to see the third party accessory vendors scramble to get something to market when a completely different form factor is released. Is that evil?
     
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    What does this have to do with being left-handed? It's not in the way either way - or are you gripping it top-to-bottom? I don't.
     
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    A few apps do. Most don't. The systems doesn't (turn the homescreen upside down and what do you get? The homescreen upside down!)
     
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    so, Apple is now using cast iron to make iPhones?
     
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    The home screen doesn't. And many other apps don't either.
     
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    i prefer it on the bottom. when i first got my iPod touch, i thought i would hate it, but now it seems like the obvious solution.
     
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    Its a physical "mockup". So thats why it looks like that.
     
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    More like recycled rusty old baked bean cans :eek:
     
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    It'll be interesting to see how this turns out - this little block of plastic looks like a slightly stretched 4s.

    If this is right, Apple is still sticking with the antenna around the phone design started with the 4...Apple (and Steve in particular) loved giving all those folks, who said it was a bad design, the finger and it looks like Apple will continue with that design (and the finger, although that dog has been put to rest a long time ago).
     
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    I certainly hope this isn't a model for case manufacturers to base their designs on. I mean, it's not even straight for god's sake!
     

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