Apple’s mythical “iPhone 5” — which does not yet exist and probably won’t be called the “iPhone 5” when it does become available this fall — is already available for preorder on Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao. As Reuters reports, Far Eastern vendors are looking to capitalize on the flurry of rumors that have swept the Web over the past few months. Independent sellers on the Alibaba-owned site are including mock-ups and rumored specs with their listings, and they’re asking for as much as $1,100 to secure a preorder for the world’s most eagerly anticipated smartphone. Apple’s next-generation iPhone, which is expected to look much like the mock-up pictured above, will reportedly feature a taller design, a larger 4-inch display, a slimmer profile, a new dock connector and 4G LTE connectivity when it launches this fall.


Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.