There's more insight into the iPhone 5, as pictures come to light of an 'engineering sample' milled from a metal block. It seems to confirm rumors, but raises as many questions as it purportedly answers. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is keeping mum, natch. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers simply can't contain themselves, as usual.
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Shawn Ingram claims this breathless exclusive:
...an iPhone 5 engineering sample straight from...China show[s it's] slightly taller, slightly thinner...about the same width...where the antenna and ports will be and other design aspects.
...[It] will follow the iPhone 4S’ general design language. Its display will be larger [with a] smaller bezel. ... There is a rear-facing microphone placed between the camera and flash...for video recording and noise reduction.
The anonymous Appleinsider gnomes toil and blog thuswise:
[There's] a striking resemblance to molds used by case manufacturers for prototyping. ...the shots have not been verified and the site's provenance is unknown...[we] cannot vouch for their validity.
...The device looks to sport the rumored 4-inch screen, rear camera layout and "uni-body" chassis.
Mark Gurman says it confirms earlier rumors:
[It lends] more credence to the previously rumored taller design.
...In late May, we published photographs of purported...iPhone  parts...showcas[ing] the design...including a two-toned back (with a metal plate), microphone on the device’s back, a smaller dock connector...and taller display.
Jonny Evans has this fascinating analysis:
Last word goes to the appropriately even-handed Michael Santo:
Realistically, even the rumors that seem confirmed, such as the dock connector...are still really unconfirmed, since the photos...remain unverified.
...[But they do] seem in sync with other leaked part images [so] they seem pretty convincing.
[hat tip: Andy Baio]