You may be wondering why we're reposting one of the leaked iPad prototype photos that drummed up excitement prior to the Apple tablet's launch. Well, according to Apple Insider's sources - with "an impeccable track record in matters such as these", no less - the handset we all overlooked in favor of the iPad is, in fact, one of Apple's fourth-generation iPhones.
Close-ups of the photo don't give away much, which is probably why the prototype wasn't spotted despite the photos having been floating around for a week now. Apple Insider's sources haven't told them anything else about the smartphone, and nor have they revealed whether it's seen here in a production casing or wrapped up like the iPad in the image.
If this is the final design, then Apple have either junked the chrome bezel or replaced it with a matte-finish version; still, with five months apparently left to run until the new fourth-gen iPhone launches, we're leaning toward thinking it's probably not the finalized design. The handset is expected to run another of Apple's homegrown chipsets, a variant of the 1GHz Apple A4 powering the iPad.