Unlike most video leaks from Chinese tech news sites — in this case, Vgoo.com — we can vouch for this one. It matches a working iPhone 5 model we’ve seen independently, via sources very close to the production process.
It’s entirely possible that the video features a fake iPhone 5 — but if so, it’s a very good fake. Again, in its particulars, it matches the model we’ve seen.
The video shows the iPhone 5 booting up, until halted by an iOS6 error, at a slightly faster speed than its predecessor, the 4S.
You’ll note the larger, letterbox-style screen on the iPhone 5, which should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been watching the rumor mill. But there are a few surprises — some might say disappointments — such as the plastic-looking siding.
And here’s the one change we’re going to have a hard time getting used to: the headphone jack is on the bottom.
Why would Apple do that? We have no idea (but again, we can confirm it matches the model we’ve seen). We know the antennae are usually located at the top of the phone, so perhaps taking the audio wires in the other direction helps with reception. Perhaps it has something to do with the new, smaller dock connector.
Either way, if you’re going to buy an iPhone 5 and use your headphones on the go, it looks like you’re going to have to get used to carrying the device in your pocket upside-down.