Engadget posted photos of the what was said to possibly be an early prototype / actual version of the next generation iPhone last night, and while we assumed their story was legit, we figured the unit was just totally janky and most likely a software testing mule. MacRumors now confirms that the device in question is just a Japanese knock off.

Thank. Heavens.

UPDATE: Uh oh, Engadget is now reporting that the unit is in fact most probably a new iPhone device and not a fake or clone. They’ve referred to the leaked Apple iPad photo and what appears to be the same new iPhone in the edge of the photo and a source of theirs also confirming the unit’s authenticity. We’ll see!