Take this one with a huge grain of salt, but TechCrunch is reporting that it’s received leaked shots of a “light version of the iPhone 4.” These pictures of what looks very much like a jailbroken iPhone 4 come from Tinhte, and TechCrunch makes the point that Tinhte got a white iPhone 4 prototype right with a leaked video back in April.

This iPhone 4 prototype is made of a cheaper build quality, and it matches up pretty well with a couple iPhone 5 case leaks that we reported on yesterday. However, the device doesn’t seem to be any smaller than the current iPhone 4…

“What we’re seeing is an iPhone 4 without front and back glass panels. Instead, there are two translucent plastic sheets and metal banding around the edge. This would make the iPhone considerably cheaper to build.”

Tinhte was the first site to get its hands on an iPod touch with a front facing camera, and that was back in May of 2010— months before Apple introduced an iPod touch with two cameras. The Vietnamese site also leaked a MacBook model before Apple announced it in 2010.

As you can tell, the identification numbers on the back of this alleged prototype have been X’ed out. We’re assuming that this hints at its authenticity as a legit prototype model.

Not much is different in this purposed iPhone Lite, but it’s interesting to note that the device has been jailbroken.

To echo Cult of Mac’s opinion, we have to think that this could just be a cheap conversion kit applied to the iPhone 4. There’s no real proof of the difference in build quality, so it’s difficult to give it a vote of confidence— even with Tinhte’s track record. Hopefully, if Apple does introduce an iPhone ‘Nano’ or ‘Lite’, the device will actually look different from the current iPhone 4.

Apple tests tons of different future iPhone prototypes before a product hits the market. This is typical practice, and Apple has been doing it for years. You don’t get such a well thought out product like the iPhone without a long list of failed prototypes that came before it. This alleged iPhone ‘Lite’ device could just be a failed experiment.

What do you think about this “leak?”

  • Frankie

    white iphone to me…

  • W

    Maybe a white iPhone with an anti-glare cover? Doesnt seem legit

    • matt tanner

      Yeah but look at that big smudge on the front screen

    • Roberto

      omggggg its fake!!!!!!!!!!! no body has looked at the home button!!!! if u see closely there is a bigger plastic circle around it meaning that it is a antiglare cover!!!!!!!!! its a white iPhone 4 with antiglare screen protector Just look at the home button u can clearly see it where the plastic begins this is fake

      • Troooollllll
        (but in any case I think it’s fake too.)

  • matt tanner

    yeah where ever they got it, its prolly still running on ios 5 beta 4 since final version of it is not out yet

  • Tyler

    look at the antennae line on top…wrong side. and look at the bottom left antennae, looks like a cover to me

  • ic0edx

    It’s fake. Look at the proximity sensor it’s after market.

  • Tbv

    Black iPhone 4 with a cheap aftermarket white conversion kit.

  • fojam

    FAKE!!!!! (smosh)

  • Jeff

    You guys are IDIOTS. Just because it doesn’t have a black proximity sensor doesn’t mean it’s not real. ALL white iPhone 4 prototypes have this; I don’t understand people. This could be just an build of a white iPhone.

  • Roberto

    omggggg its fake!!!!!!!!!!! no body has looked at the home button!!!! if u see closely there is a bigger plastic circle around it meaning that it is a antiglare cover!!!!!!!!! its a white iPhone 4 with antiglare screen protector Just look at the home button u can clearly see it where the plastic begins this is fake

  • qwertz0206

    But it looks like that it has 3 antenns ?!?!?