Yet more "leaked" images showing a new iPhone device housing the A5 chip currently powering the iPad 2 have emerged, suggesting Apple plans to release a tweaked version of its iPhone 4 rather than the next generation iPhone 5.
The new images follow a similar series of 'leaked' pictures that first appeared on Chinese microblogging site Weibo Monday. Like the new pictures the Weibo images allegedly showed a partially assembled new iPhone device, housing the A5 chip currently powering Apple's iPad 2.
The new images have built on this, showing what appears to be a version of the new iPhone at a more advance production stage. The new images show the device running, requesting a connection to iTunes for activation.
As is the case with any iPhone rumour, the authenticity of the reported leak is questionable. The images origin is difficult to discern, with it appearing that they first appeared on the Pandaxtech site before being re-posted on MacPost.
The newly "leaked" image follows a slew of conflicting reports by the world's media regarding Apple's next entry into its iPhone franchise. Despite the lack of official word from Apple, there are currently two prominent theories regarding the direction Apple will take for its next iPhone.
The first suggests that the company will attempt to break into the currently Android-dominated affordable smartphone market. The theory alleges that the company plans to release an updated budget version of its current iPhone 4 handset.
The second theory suggests that Apple is set to release a truly next-generation iPhone. Labelled the iPhone 5, the exact details of what changes and upgrades will be made to the device to improve it past Apple's current iPhone 4 vary Web site to Web site.
To date Apple has not confirmed the existence of either device.