iPhone 5 French image

Could we be staring at the first clear(ish) spy shot of the long gestating iPhone 5?  That’s up for everyone to decide on their own, but of all the photos to have popped up recently, this one certainly looks the most realistic and “finished.”

Posted today on the MacRumors forums by a user known as “guigsh,” they slapped up the image with the only explanation being, “Picture taken yesterday in the office of a French operator. Believe it or not.”  The user then came back to explain that they were only allowed two minutes with the device and that no pictures were allowed, but somehow they snuck this image.  Another follow-up post stated, “The only thing I can tell you, is that my iPhone 4 looks really slow now.”

Of course, there are a few things that hurt the story, such as the fact that if no pictures were allowed, how were they able to hold a piece of paper behind it for a background and balance it on their hand in the way they did?  Wouldn’t that have been somewhat obvious that something was going on?  Add in the fact that guigsh only registered their forum account this month, and only has three posts – all relating to this image – to their name, and it starts to seem a bit random.

All of that being said, if it’s a fake, it’s a mighty good fake.  It somewhat matches up with the iPhone 5 cases we’ve been seeing, but not exactly.  That could be the fact that the cases may be wrong, but we’ll know for sure in the next few months.  Otherwise this image does seem to match up with the numerous other rumors we’ve been hearing about the design, so we’ll just have to wait and see if we’ve somehow been made privy to an image far earlier than Apple would ever like us to be.

What do you think?  Does this look like an actual iPhone 5 to you?

Update: Gizmodo (oh, the irony) has debunked this story. So, no, no real picture of the iPhone 5 as of yet.