Photos alleging to show an iPhone 5 engineering sample have surfaced, with the new evidence depicting a taller, thinner mobile broadly in line with previous rumours suggesting Apple's next-generation flagship smartphone would be larger form factor.
GottaBeMobile says that it obtained the images "straight from a factory in China" via a "trusted source" within the Apple supply chain. The collection also contains photos claiming to depict a basic scale model of the rumoured iPad mini.
With regards to the device purported to be named the iPhone 5, the images depict a metal block much in the style on the current generation iPhone 4S, but offering an bigger display that has a diagonal of 4.05in, as opposed to the 3.5in model found on Apple's present flagship device.
As expected, it also features a taller case: at 120mm, it is 5mm higher than the 4S. Key positioning points appear to be in place and also similar, with the only real potential design revelation being the appearance of a small hole between the rear camera and the LED flash, which could be a rear-facing microphone used for AV recording and noise reduction.
Should the sample end up being genuine, speculation regarding a metal back for the next iPhone could also prove true, with ridges being noticeable on the back of the sample.
Other speculations surrounding Apple's customary pre-holiday launch is for a taller seventh-generation iPod nano, a 13in version of the highly coveted MacBook Pro with Retina line, the rollout of a Retina display to the iMac line, and even the arrival of the near mythical Apple TV.
The rumour mill is generally pushing a September or October release for the new devices, which have yet to be formally named.