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Are these parts from the Apple iPhone 5?

There’s a photo floating around that’s been published on a Chinese Twitter-like site that appears to reveal parts from a new iPhone with Apple’s dual-core 1GHz custom A5 chip. There are a few possible explanations assuming the photo is legitimate in the first place. The front case attached to the internal components in the photo clearly shows the first and original white front panel assembly Apple was planning on using for the white iPhone — the company noticed that there were proximity sensor issues and switched to a black cut out instead of the grate-like solution seen above. This means this device pictured is likely old, though it’s possible Apple was indeed lending these out to some developers for testing on next-generation hardware as we reported months ago. The other possible option is that the device photographed will come to market as an upgraded iPhone 4 either alone or alongside a radically different iPhone 5.

[Via PhoneArena]

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