It was only a matter of time before someone got their mitts on a fully assembled iPhone 5, right out of a Foxconn production plant. The unit featured in the footage below is a working one, pre-installed with iOS 6.
A tipster talking to Chinese tech site Vgooo.com reportedly discovered an iPhone 5 prototype “accidentally” when he paid a visit to a friend at Foxconn’s factory in Jincheng, in China’s northern Shanxi province.
According to MIC Gadget, which appears to have the full scoop on this leak, “when he got his hands-on with it, he could feel the phone is thinner, and it is indeed taller. He quickly took some photos, and a video.”
When booted up next to an iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 doesn’t move on to the iCloud screen as it is locked for testing purposes, the video indicates.
A message pops up on-screen stating, “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@@.”
While many will undoubtedly welcome this leak (as it seems to confirm what the next iPhone will look like), some Apple fans are sure to be disappointed that the surprise element is gone.
Some will surely ponder whether or not such a thing could have happened had Steve Jobs been around still. However, let’s not forget the leak of the elusive iPhone 4 in 2010, which occurred on his watch.
MIC Gadget offers some information on the Foxconn factory in Jincheng, in the Shanxi province, revealing that it’s actually Foxconn’s upcoming largest plant in the whole world.
Sources reportedly said that Foxconn would invest as much as 100 billion yuan ($15.7 billion / €12.4 billion) to make it into “the world’s largest precision manufacturing base in Shanxi.”
Terry Gou, Foxconn CEO, is said to have huge plans for Jincheng. He reportedly wants to make it “the global capital of precision manufacturing within the next five years.”
The source added that each worker at the Jincheng factory needs to complete up to 3,000 iPhone 5 back panels every night since mass production commenced.