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The iPhone 5 has Fallen into the Hands of a Chinese Popstar, or So He Claims

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A Chinese pop star by the name of Jimmy Lin has just attracted over 100,000 comments in only a matter of a few hours. His post was through the popular site, Sina Weibo- which is sort of like the Chinese version of Facebook and Twitter combined.

What was the post that is generating so many comments and large amounts of buzz? The Chinese pop star claims to have in his possession an iPhone 5. You might wonder how a Chinese pop star would get his hands on the iPhone 5, well before its release.

There are several possibilities. One reason could be that Apple planted the iPhone 5 leak to Jimmy Lin in order to generate more excitement for Apple products, in a world that is dominated by Android. This is probably not that likely, but China is a big enough market that I suppose it’s possible.

The second possibility, and the more likely one, is that someone managed to smuggle him a device off the assembly line. The iPhone is pretty much fully put together in China and with Jimmy Lin being so famous, it wouldn’t be that surprising if a fan at Foxconn (or elsewhere) managed to nab him one.

The third possibility is that what he has is a forgery, a fake and nothing more. This is also possible.

According to Jimmy Lin, the device in his hands has a longer screen, an aluminum back and a smaller 19-pin connector. The singer also says that the jack has moved to the bottom of the iPhone. Weight wise, it feels about the same in your hands.

This all fits within the existing rumors that we’ve heard about. This doesn’t mean its legit though, it just means, at the very least, Jimmy Lin paid attention to the rumors out there.

What do you think, legit or just a way to generate more excitement and publicity for Jimmy Lin?

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  • Pao vue

    For all you stupid people who thought it was fake well it’s real . Apple probaly like the article said gave him one so he could use his status to promote it.

    • Gos

      And we realize who’s stupid now. That phone was obviously fake, just look at the lines separating the aluminum. On the real one it’s white, in the picture it’s black.

  • tez

    gonna b the same old boring os thats been dropping since 07….I for one dont think i am going to get it …i left the iphone 4 and never looked back besides the games which u have to pay for damn near all of em the phone is nothing more then a fashion item status symbol

  • redcomet1972

    I would have to call this a fake because of two factors. the first one being the screen is never off on the iPhone and two the light isn’t reflecting off the iPhone 5. Here is a pix to help you see it.

  • Anonymous

    If he’s really that famous already in China, it wouldn’t be a publicity stunt. The theory that employees of the assembly plant (other a plant managers star-struck pre-teen daughter) might have smuggled one out and given it to him out of celeb adoration isn’t all that unlikely, given the stupid things people have done for/to celebrities in North America over the years.

    It could be a mock-up someone gave him, but I imagine he’s already a 4S owner so I imagine he’d be able to figure out that it wasn’t Apple-spec pretty fast.

    • Anonymous

      Good point about him probably not needing more publicity– but many pop stars LOVE to be the focus of attention, so whatever they can do to draw in more, I suppose. :)

  • http://twitter.com/christarine Christarine Ong

    A disappointment with the design. It just like a longer version of iPhone 4s. Now it depend on the software improvement.

  • unna

    Its fake. The background isnt the new one Apple has started using, such as on the iPad 3

    • JP1234

      Yep, no way he could have changed the background. Seriously? This is obviously what the new one is going to look like. If it isn’t, then Apple is really throwing a curveball.

  • anti-communist

    meh