With one week to go before the new 4-inch iPhone is expected to be unveiled by Apple along with a new, smaller iPad Pro, we've received some photos and a video from our friend Nick at Beeep. The photo at the top of the page shows - from left to right - an iPhone 5, the "iPhone 5se" or whatever it will be called, and an iPhone 6.
The iPhone was found "in the wild" at Huaquiangbei Shenzhen China, known as the "Silicon Valley of Hardware". Is it real? Is it a knockoff? Until next Monday, who knows for sure. I'm doubtful that it's real; Apple is notoriously good about controlling hardware until its official release, although we have seen devices have somehow made their way out of a Foxconn or Pegatron factory into the hands of a blogger (usually in Vietnam...).
In this image, we see the left side of the device. The volume toggles are elongated like those on the iPhone 6 and 6s, but are smaller than those on the high-end iPhones. If this is a fake product, the manufacturers did a pretty good job of replicating the size and placement of the antenna lines on the iPhone 6.
The color of the rose gold seems a bit too intense, and the chamfering of the edges around the Lightning and headphone ports is unlike that on the iPhone 6. In addition, Apple is meticulous about lining up the screws and holes on the bottom of the phones. Perhaps it's the angle that the image was taken at, but a line drawn horizontally through the speaker, microphone and screw holes does not seem to align with the center of the ports.
In this photo, we see the new device on top, the iPhone 5 in the center, and the iPhone 6 at the bottom. The gap around the power button on the "iPhone 5se" looks a bit too large -- Apple's not that sloppy. On the plus side, the camera projects out a bit just as it does with the current iPhone 6 and 6s products...
And of course, April from Beeep even admits in the video below that they weren't allowed to power on the device, so that's probably an indication that the iPhone is an "iFauxn" instead. Anyway, it's kind of fun to see that Apple's products are so wildly popular that knockoffs of new models appear ahead of the actual release.