Is this the back of the white iPhone 5?

Hot on the heels of reports that Apple's next-gen iPhone will sport a separate module for the camera flash comes this photo from Apple.pro (via weibus.com) purporting to show the back of a white iPhone 5 with the camera component on the left and the flash on the opposite end of the device.

Hot on the heels of reports that Apple's next-gen iPhone will sport a separate module for the camera flash comes this photo from Apple.pro (via weibus.com) purporting to show the back of a white iPhone 5 with the camera component on the left and the flash on the opposite end of the device.

While photos like these can admittedly be easily photoshopped, it's become increasingly common to see component parts from upcoming Apple products leak out in the months before a release. To wit, three Foxconn employees were recently arrested for allegedly leaking iPad 2 designs to case manufacturers in exchange for money.

News that the next iteration of the iPhone would carry two distinct holes for the camera and the flash module first surfaced last week when an iPhone case with two holes appeared online. This was soon followed by photos purporting to show the rear camera module of the iPhone 5. Below, note how on the iPhone 4 the flash component is attached to the rear camera while the purported rear camera on the iPhone 5 comes sans a flash component.

As for a functional purpose behind separating the flash from the camera lens, photo enthusiasts have chimed in that doing so will help reduce red-eye in photos and will also result in sharper photographs during less than ideal shooting conditions.

This Summer will be the first Summer since 2007 without a new iPhone model out on the market. Instead, Apple will likely release its next-gen iPhone later this Fall, with a late September release date being the most likely. Lastly, and while we're on the topic of cameras and what not, it's largely believed the iPhone 5 will come with an 8 megapixel lens.

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