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Despite countless rumors and cases floating around for the iPhone 5, Apple surprised everyone at their “Let’s Talk iPhone” event with the same-old-design iPhone 4S.

If all the previous reports we’ve covered here at Redmond Pie are to be believed then the iPhone 5 was all set to be a done deal, and would’ve been a true successor to the iPhone 4, bringing an all-new-design and a bunch of other anticipated features to the roster.

The iPhone 4S was released instead, which according to some; is a mere upgrade over the iPhone 4 itself. And we do agree with all those who are thinking in that direction; apart from a dual core processor and a better camera, and oh, Siri, we didn’t get that much to cherish or play around with.

According to a new report which was published by Business Insider a while back, the iPhone 5 was real, and according to their trusted source, which Business Insider claims to have ‘been right about future Apple products in the past’ says that the iPhone 5 did not go into production, and the said device was rather ‘scrapped’ a few months before the iPhone 4S was officially unveiled to the world by Apple. And to set fire to the whole ordeal, the iPhone 5 prototype existed and their source got to play around with it for a good amount of time. Surprised? We are too.

Our source said that Apple engineers he knows thought until about three months before the iPhone 4S was released, that a new fully re-designed iPhone was going to be Apple’s next big announcement.

This source said that he spent about two weeks with one prototype version of this phone.

Keeping in mind all of the previous rumors and reports which we’ve crossed, covered or dissected; we also have mixed opinions whether the iPhone 5 was real or not. Regardless of all that, Business Insider sums it up in an evasive fashion:

We have not been able to verify what he told us with a second source.  So we’re still treating these details as rumors. You should probably still read this post with a nice fat dose of salt.

The major design changes we might have seen in the iPhone 5 would be the all-time-famous tear drop design, and our favorite; a larger screen coupled with a gesture based home button. All the aforementioned features clearly didn’t land in on the iPhone 4S.

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According to another report which we covered a while back, its being said that Steve Jobs’ last project which he worked on before dying wasn’t the iPhone 4S, instead it was the iPhone 5. So, is Apple leaving the big surprise for the year to come? Maybe.

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