Apple's iPhone 5 Gets an Early Release

August 24, 2012

With parts of Apple's iPhone 5 leaked, does the competition now have the upper hand?

Rumor has it that the iPhone 5 will be released this September. Apple has always been secretive about its products and I can only imagine that Apple’s facility looks something like the mysterious Area 51. This time, however, someone was able to get their hands on what looks to be the housing of the new iPhone 5. How these parts were leaked remains a mystery, but I like to think that the way it happened was something like the casino robbery in Ocean’s 11. Or, another of Apple’s “fake leaked” PR stunts, remember the iPhone 3 that was left in the bar? In this photo from iResQ you can see a side by side comparison of what’s rumored to be the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S. The headphone jack has been moved to the bottom of the phone and there are more speaker holes in the case, but the big change is in the center where it looks like Apple’s moved away from it’s standard 30-pin connector that’s only used on Apple products to a smaller connector – that’s probably also only used on Apple products.

Although a fully assembled iPhone 5 was not leaked, what happens to a company when their secret prototype becomes available for all their competitors to see? In Hiscox’s web series, Leap Year, there was an episode where C3D’s office was broken into and their video conferencing system prototypes went missing. Having the right small business insurance could help in these situations. A business owners policy might cover some of the damages left during the aftermath of a break in, but your stolen property will still be missing. If that’s a one of a kind prototype you have to hope your competition doesn’t get its hands on it. So in the highly competitive world of mobile devices, what does this mean for Apple? Will a competitor like Samsung use the leaked photos to change the design of their next device and take market share away from Apple? Comment below and let us know what you think.