An iPhone 5 unit that reportedly slipped out from a Foxconn factory in China turned up in a video at VGOOO. According to the source, the unit is an iPhone 5 prototype that was “accidentally discovered” when he visited his friend at the factory, and he shot this quick video when he got some hands-on time. In the video, the shooter managed to boot up the phone alongside an iPhone 4S, although the 5’s boot stopped with an error message that says “This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program…” [video after the break]
If it’s a legit unit (and it certainly looks like one), it looks like it’s way past the prototype phase though. Save for the unactivated OS, the phone’s hardware looks ready to roll. According to the source, the longer phone feels thinner, while the photos pretty much confirm a number of earlier rumors, showing the smaller dock connector, a metal back, a repositioned audio jack, smaller SIM slot, and a colored band bordering the edges (it’s definitely a few shades lighter than the aluminum band around 4S).
It’s a nice preview, but it shouldn’t take long if you’re waiting for the real thing. Apple’s set to officially unveil the iPhone 5 at an event on September 12th, and is expected to start shipping by the end of September.