“As anyone who follows our regular series of ‘Test Photo’ features knows, we enjoy checking out pictures captured by unreleased phones,” Evan Blass reports for Pocketnow.

“The holy grail of such a pursuit is, of course, tracking down an image from the next iPhone,” Blass reports. “And we think that we’ve found one.”

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Blass reports, “This (very attractive) photo claims to have been taken by an iPhone 4, but the rest of its EXIF data tells a different story: although the image has been cropped to 2235×2291 (5.12 megapixels), the original picture was a much larger 3264×2448 — or just shy of eight megapixels. What’s more, the lens was recorded as a 4.3mm f/2.4, which is closer to that of a point-and-shoot than the iPhone 4’s actual 3.85mm f/2.8… It was supposedly shot by an Apple engineer eating his lunch at work.”

First iPhone 5 Photo?

First iPhone 5 Photo? (via Pocketnow)

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lynn Weiler” and “Sarah” for the heads up.]