Chinese case manufacture Cool Zoda PDA recently published images of what appears to be either an iPhone 5 or a replica of Apple’s next generation iPhone. The images above appear to reveal a non-working device to us, rather than a legitimate one, but the industrial design definitely looks on a par with our own renders and early leaks of alleged engineering samples.
As Gizmodo points out, either the device was built by the case manufacturer in an effort to get a head-start on making new cases that fit the iPhone, or, it’s a production sample that may have slipped out of Foxconn.
In either case, it seems to make sense that Foxconn is already producing the iPhone 5. There are already reports that development is under way and the latest rumors suggest the device will launch in September of this year. Gizmodo also notes that it originally published details on the leaked iPhone 4 about a month and a half ahead of the phone’s official debut. Given that it’s already near the end of July, and the September launch rumors, it would make sense that working builds are already out there.
As you’ll note in the image above, the unit sports Apple’s redesigned 19-pin connector instead of the typical 30-pin port. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom next to that port, which is in-line with what we’ve seen in the past, too.