GottaBeMobile claims to show photos of what it is calling “iPhone 5 engineering samples.” These photos appear to be of a physical construction of the rumored next-generation iPhone design. The report calls the metal mockup (which in the end may simply be a case maker’s mold, we speculate) slightly taller than the iPhone 4/4S, yet thinner and a design with the same width…

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However, it is possible that these are actual engineering samples manufactured in Apple’s supply chain. This case would lend more credence to the previously rumored taller design with a two-toned back.

In late May, we published photographs of purported next-generation iPhone parts. Our article showcased the design seen above, including a two-toned back (with a metal plate), microphone on the device’s back, a smaller dock connector, centered FaceTime camera and taller display.

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