We've seen case manufacturers put together dummy Apple products before, and while they're not always perfectly accurate, they can often be based on actual parts or specs smuggled out of the supply line. The above video was filmed at IFA 2012 and shows a quick hands-on with one such dummy, in this case an iPhone 5 by GSM Israel News.
Take it as an approximation of what the iPhone 5 might look and handle like, but don't take it as anything more than that.
The video shows the iPhone 5 dummy in an unmarked skin case. Once removed, it looks pretty much identical to the assembled parts leaks we've seen shown off previously, complete with iPhone identifier and markings on the back. It remains taller, with a 4-inch, 16:9 screen and a centered FaceTime Camera. And it remains primarily metal-backed, with RF-friendly glass sections above and below so it can connect to networks and other devices via cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The 3.5mm headphone jack remains at the bottom, and the new, miniaturized Dock connector is in full view. As is a curious little oblong between the rear, iSight camera and the LED flash.
Update: Our own Alex Dobie and Richard Devine have now had some hands-on time with the iPhone 5 dummy live at IFA 2012. Here are their hands-on impressions:
Update 2: We've swapped out the Hebrew language video with the English version they've just posted. Enjoy.
Update 3: digital.sina.com.hk may have scored some time with a similar unit. (Only one Home screen is shown in both pictures, so it's hard to tell if it's more than just another dummy/mock up/assembly.)
Update 4: According to HDBlog.it, mockups just like the above, which is apparently causing all sorts of fun over on the Chinese microblogs, aren't that hard to find in China. Translated:
September 12 is less than 2 weeks away. Thank goodness.
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