It seems like we've been waiting forever for the iPhone 5 to make its debut, but now it looks like it's finally happening. These pictures are supposedly of an actual iPhone 5, built up by assembling a collection of repair parts already in the pipeline.
The Japanese Apple repair site iLab Factory says that they simply collected all of the repair parts needed to make a complete iPhone 5 at least cosmetically, and screwed them all together.
The resulting phone is longer and slimmer than the current iPhone 4S, with a larger screen and centrally mounted front facing camera. Back back panel has a brushed metal sheet in place of the current glass, which sounds like a good idea if you've ever tried to put a naked iPhone 4 on a slick surface. Without a case, the current phone has a tendency to slide off just about any surface you put it on.
What's clear is that the new iPhone still has the bottom mounted headphone jack and smaller sized dock connector that we saw earlier.
Of course this could all be a smokescreen, and I wouldn't put it past Apple to release some fake parts to throw speculators off the trail. I guess we'll have to wait until the official event to get the real scoop.