Chinese popstar leaks suspected iPhone 5 on Weibo

Summary:Former Chinese teen idol Jimmy Lin, who has over 13.6 million followers on microblogging site Weibo, posted a picture of him using the yet-to-be-unveiled iPhone.

"It has been confirmed today that the iPhone 5 will indeed become longer," Jimmy Lin stated on his Weibo update on Saturday.

"It uses the same iPad aluminum alloy and a 4-inch screen, which has become thinner so it feels almost the same on [your] hand," Lin said in Weibo, with a photo collection of the suspected new iPhone.

Jimmy Lin -- iPhone 5

Lin added that the headphone jack also has been placed at bottom of the handset, and as reported, the iPhone 5 will use a smaller 19-pin connector instead of current 30 pin connector.

The blog, which was posted at Sep. 1 evening, has been shared over 160,000 times by the morning of Sep. 3 in China and drew nearly 40,000 comments.

Lin, a Taiwan-born popstar and actor, became a superstar across Greater China overnight at the age of 17 when he released his debut album in 1992. His album sales exceeded 10 million when he was only 20 years old, according to Chinese reports.

Currently, Lin is a professional racecar driver and entrepreneur in Taiwan, where iPhone's contracted manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group is also based.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, China, iPad

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Cyrus Lee, writing under a pen name, is a Hong Kong-based reporter in an English-language newspaper and a correspondent for a radio station.

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