Fortune conglomerates leaked iPhone photos

“Whether a new iPhone will be unveiled at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference — which begins a week from today — is still an open question, but all the signs of an impending announcement are now in place,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Two weeks ago, we got specs and spot shortages (see here). Last week the leaked photos started showing up. The provenance of none of them is certain, but neither has any been shown to be a forgery. And at least one veteran Apple watcher [Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz] says the latest batch ‘look very real’ to him,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

“Last week’s leaks began Wednesday when China Ontrade, a Hong Kong-based vendor, released pictures (and prices) of what they claimed were parts for the “3gen 2009″ iPhone: an inner bezel and what appears to be an LCD screen with slightly different markings than the iPhone 3G’s. The first photograph suggested that the new iPhone would have the same shape and dimensions as the old — with black instead of silver trim — and the second seemed to put the lie to the rumor that the new iPhone would sport an organic LED screen,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

“Two days later MacRumors leaked a photo showing the backs of two iPhones, one shiny black like the current Phone 3G, the other matte black and presumably representing the new 2009 model. MacRumors didn’t say where the photo came from, and couldn’t vouch for their authenticity, but it noted that the matte black finish was consistent with a photo released in February with a mysterious new model number: A1303,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

Read the full article, and see all of the spy shots in one place, here.

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