Schematic blueprints have emerged which allegedly detail Apple's iPhone 5, or 'the new iPhone' as many are expecting it to be called.
A photo of the blueprints was sent by an unnamed source to Cydia Blog.
The blueprints, if genuine, show an iPhone design featuring a 4-inch screen with an aspect ratio close to that of 16:9 when held horizontally. However, despite the larger screen, this iPhone is the same width as the current iPhone 4 and 4S and only 7mm taller.
It also shows that the front-facing camera has been moved to the center of the device to just above the ear speaker.
These blueprints seem to correspond closely to photos leaked a few days ago which purportedly showed the next-generation iPhone sporting a new metal case, an earphone socket that has been moved from the top of the handset to the underside, and a smaller dock connector.
It's interesting that this is the latest in a series of leaks that all seem to dovetail together. However, I have to say that I'm more than a little suspicious.
Firstly, I can't remember schematics for an actually Apple product ever being leaked. We did see fake schematics leaked for the iPhone 4S in the run up to the launch, but there's never been a leak that corresponded to a real product. Does Apple even use blueprints anymore? Seems somewhat old-school to me.
Secondly, these images come to us via an outlet that doesn't have an established track record for having good sources. In fact, this along with most of the other leaks we've seen recently have come via sites that I've not heard of before.
Then there's the fact that it's not hard to fake blueprints. Over the years I've seen some pretty elaborate things that were 'leaked' which turned out to be fake. If we'd been shown high-resolution shots of several pages of blueprints -- or better still, circuit diagrams -- I'd be more comfortable calling this leak genuine. As it stands, that page could have been drawn up by someone in a few hours.
And even if these are real blueprints, bear in mind that Apple designs and tests dozens of prototypes for each product. This could be a rejected design for the iPhone 5, or even a rejected design for the iPhone 4 or 4S.
In my experience, some 98 percent of Apple rumors end up being incorrect or fake. It's always worth bearing that in mind.