Over the past few months, Apple fans have spent plenty of time poring over allegedly leaked photos of iPhone 5 components. We've seen the longer body, the aluminum back, the NFC chip that may have been a total hoax. Regardless, Apple's September 12 event is only a week away now. But impending "official" announcements be damned, someone has posted what looks like a legitimate video of the new iPhone booting up.
Thanks to Chinese site Vgooo (via TNW), we can see the very first video of what appears to be -- ok, so it appears to be an iPhone 5 starting, then hitting an error screen. Not exactly the most exciting thing in the world.
"This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program. If you are a member of the program, please register your device," reads the alleged iPhone 5 screen in the video.
Boring error messages notwithstanding, the video keeps up with just about every rumor on hand over the past few months. The device is noticeably taller than the iPhone 4S, and the aluminum back is in place. More importantly, the 8-pin connecter appears on the iPhone's bottom panel.
Now, let's not forget that Chinese companies are quite experienced with fabricating fake electronics devices. That said, this would seem like an awfully elaborate scheme to fool Apple fanatics. Build the entire device to spec with currently running rumors, then find a way to simulate the iOS boot up and error message. Possible to replicate? Absolutely. Likely replicated? Probably not.
Either way, we'll know the real story next week. In the meantime, we'll keep an eye out for any more iPhone 5 units that mysteriously fall off a Foxconn truck.
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