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]