With the iPhone 5 release date under a week away, Foxconn factories in China are likely churning out millions of new Apple smartphones each day. So it's no surprise that someone was able to smuggle a new iPhone out of the factory in Jicheng, China.
That's right, after months of leaked parts and components we've got a video of a fully assembled iPhone 5 on video. In the video a pair of hands hold the iPhone 5 up next to the iPhone 4S for comparison, highlighting several design changes including the taller screen, repositioned headphone jack and front-facing camera, and smaller dock connector.
Then the two iPhone are booted up. The same silver Apple icon appears on both screen. Suddenly, the icon on the iPhone 5 screen quickly expands and then disappears revealing a disappointing error message:
"This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program. If you are a member of the program, please register your device in the @@url@@."
That's all for now folks. We probably won't see the iPhone 5 booted up and in action until Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils the device himself at a special event scheduled for September 12. However, the unnamed person holding the iPhone 5 in the video has confirmed a number of rumors, including claims that the iPhone 5 will be not only taller but also thinner than the iPhone 4S.
We now know for sure that the iPhone 5 will feature a smaller dock connector. This is one of the biggest design changes Apple has implemented, changing the dock connector for the first time since before the first iPhone came out back in 2007. There are a number of rumors as to the reason for this change, but one thing we know for sure is that old accessories won't work with new iPhones unless you have an adapter.
According to a recent report from iLounge, Apple will initially be the exclusive vendor of Dock Connector Adapters, charing $10 for one and $29 for a pack of three.
There's no news as to whether Apple will let third-party developers sell their own adapters, but the company estimates that they will sell 10 million adapters by the end of 2012.