iPhone 5 picture leak claims handset was spotted in use

New iPhone 5 pictures show handset on the train

Ahead of the iPhone 5 release date, set for the end of September, new pictures supposedly of the much anticipated Apple handset have leaked online

A mystery Apple device that is being tipped as the yet unannounced iPhone 5 has been spotted in San Francisco in the hands of an Apple employee, new reports have claimed.

The latest in a recent flurry of claimed iPhone 5 pictures sees what is being touted as the next-generation iPhone being used by a reported Apple employee ahead of the expected iPhone 5 release date in September.

The picture, which comes courtesy of Apple blog 9to5Mac shows what appears to be a smartphone handset with Apple branding and a new curved metal, rounded-edged form factor fitting with the design that has been repeatedly rumoured in recent weeks and months.

Whilst the validity of this claim cannot be tested, the recent increase in reported iPhone 5 leaks and spotted outings would suggest the handset, which is expected to have a dual-core processor and 8-megapixel camera, could be with us in a matter of weeks.

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Via: 9to5Mac