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  • iPhone 5 Clones Already Surfacing in China


    Shenzen is already all over the iPhone 5 hype with clones of Apple's next generation handset currently available. Mind you Apple hasn't even announced the next generation iPhone yet.

    The device picture above does measure in at a scant 7mm thick and looks like it could possibly fit into the supposed iPhone 5 cases that leaked this past week. However, it does look surprisingly ho-hum for a next generation device, and almost appears to be the lovechild of the original iPhone and a iPhone 4.

    The possibility that this is in fact the form factor of the next generation iPhone is definitely real considering the cloned devices are often produced alongside or even before devices make it to market. Who is to say someone didn't sell off the form factor or prototype to a pirate company? But, it still is incredibly unlikely that Apple would even come close to allowing a leak like this to happen without squashing it instantly.

    If Apple shuts down this operation it might be a clue to its legitimacy. Or not.






    [insert grain of salt here]

    Source: Giz-China
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 5 Clones Already Surfacing in China started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I sorta like the look
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Deja Vu
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      I call bogus. First, the screen looks like it's SMALLER than the current iPhone 4. Second, on the leaked pictures of the alleged iPhone 5 cases in China, the Mute switch is on the opposite side than on the current iPhones.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Add the aluminum and im all over it.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      I call bogus. First, the screen looks like it's SMALLER than the current iPhone 4. Second, on the leaked pictures of the alleged iPhone 5 cases in China, the Mute switch is on the opposite side than on the current iPhones.
      Ok yes it's bogus it is said its a clone in the title of the thread!
      Second did you ever think the cases shown are iPod touch cases? Notice we're the lock button is? Doubt they change the side of where it is located. Personally I don't think we will see an iPhone 5 till next summer. Apple shows all the new iPods in September so all these new cases look to me to be iPod touch cases. Just my thoughts
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Meh, if that's what the 5 is going to look like I'll just stick with my 4.
    1. skattrbrain's Avatar
      skattrbrain -
      That thing is grotesque. Not a chance Steve would allow the iPhone 5 to look like that.
    1. malevo's Avatar
      malevo -
      the front bezel looks really like my old 1st gen ipt... but the back looks quite nice though
    1. Lamborghini615's Avatar
      Lamborghini615 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      Meh, if that's what the 5 is going to look like I'll just stick with my 4.
      agree...
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I quite like the shape of the 4. I think that is going to be a tough upgrade. IMO the best looking and feeling phone was the original before the 4 was launched. Maybe we will see another two generations of downgrades (in terms of my taste for look/feel) and the iPhone 7 will be the true successor.
    1. starkall's Avatar
      starkall -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lamborghini615 View Post
      agree...
      Agreed as well, looks like nothing special to me. Add a bumper and looks just like i4. Will be super bummed out if it looks like this
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      I call bogus. First, the screen looks like it's SMALLER than the current iPhone 4. Second, on the leaked pictures of the alleged iPhone 5 cases in China, the Mute switch is on the opposite side than on the current iPhones.
      The thing is, that won't be able to run iOS. It'll have to be an android knock off.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by skattrbrain View Post
      That thing is grotesque. Not a chance Steve would allow the iPhone 5 to look like that.
      You know thats what everyone said about the leaked iPhone 4 pics right?

      I do however like the 64GB stamp on the back!

      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      I sorta like the look
      Me too! I like the rounded edges.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      hmmm
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      its Wayyyy too thick and bulky to be a true Apple prototype. The screens too small, and the front just doesnt look right. at all. definitely a fake
    1. brianiino's Avatar
      brianiino -
      That DOES look like a cheap china version, looks like SH*T!
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      well.
      this could always be a leaked prototype of a much older model...
      who knows maybe that would've been 3gs but never made it the cut....
      or maybe its just some wise *** chinese people meshing a 3gs and 4 together

      either way, the final design being like that. is a small chance

      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Ok yes it's bogus it is said its a clone in the title of the thread!
      Second did you ever think the cases shown are iPod touch cases? Notice we're the lock button is? Doubt they change the side of where it is located. Personally I don't think we will see an iPhone 5 till next summer. Apple shows all the new iPods in September so all these new cases look to me to be iPod touch cases. Just my thoughts
      if ur referring to these... its not an touch for sure. that hole up top is a headphones jack
      so IDK wtf with the mute button



      LMFAO
      they could've at least spelled Apple right


      Attachment 540061
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      ^^^ Nice catch. Even the font of "iPhone" is different than the one on iPhone 4. Also it says its assembled in USA (not China).
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      now we know what the iPhone 5 will look like
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by PathKiller29 View Post
      well.
      this could always be a leaked prototype of a much older model...
      who knows maybe that would've been 3gs but never made it the cut....
      or maybe its just some wise *** chinese people meshing a 3gs and 4 together

      either way, the final design being like that. is a small chance



      if ur referring to these... its not an touch for sure. that hole up top is a headphones jack
      so IDK wtf with the mute button




      LMFAO
      they could've at least spelled Apple right


      Attachment 540061
      No I am referring to the cases posted in a few other threads