Looks like Apple just can’t keep a secret. The blogosphere is abuzz after images and video of a new Apple iPhone5 model were leaked online, fueling speculation that it could be an iPhone 5 or a Verizon version of the phone. Several iPhone parts and repair firms claim they’ve gotten their hands on parts of the unknown model. The website GlobalDirectParts.com posted a YouTube video showing the frame of the metal phone. It was later taken down, indicating a complaint from Apple.
The new phone has an adjusted antennae design, perhaps to solve the “antennagate” problems users were having when the iPhone 4 was released, techies speculate. Users complained about the phone’s wraparound antenna and a software glitch that overstated the network signal strength.
“The biggest difference that we see in the designs are in the antenna,” SmartPhone Medic, which unearthed the photos, reported.
“The new iPhone 5 or Verizon Wireless iPhone has four black bands separating the antennas whereas the current iPhone 4 only has three. Is this a redesign to eliminate or decrease the effects of the attenuation issue the present iPhone 4 has or is it the design Verizon Wireless needed for its new LTE network?”
According to a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek report, an unnamed source familiar with Apple’s plans said the company would likely introduce a Verizon iPhone “very soon, maybe by Valentine’s Day.”
Last April, Apple was embarrassed when Gizmodo got its hands on a 4G iPhone prototype after it was left in a bar by a company engineer.