You’ll probably remember that before the iPhone 4S was announced, it was pretty much open season on rumors. We had all kinds of them.

If you believed the rumors, we were going to get a new, smaller iPhone with a larger screen. It was going to be thinner, too. It was going to be even more awesome than something that’s really awesome, and we were going to need one. Badly.

What we did get was the iPhone 4S, and while we’re not saying that’s a bad thing, it’s no iPhone 5. But was there any truth to some of those iPhone 5 rumors after all? According to one Business Insider source, there may just have been some…

Citing a source that (as always) didn’t want to be named, and admitting that they cannot verify any of the claims, Business Insider has published details on what it believes was set to be the iPhone we actually got last month. According to the source, Apple was seesawing between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, with the former being chosen eventually.

Just to add a little weight to their claims, this source even says they played with the handset, and goes on to describe what they saw. So, what did we miss out on?

  • The first thing we’re missing is a larger display. The source suggests that the iPhone 5 prototype was around 4″ large. They say Apple’s top execs, including Steve Jobs, were not sure about the possible fragmentation a larger screen could cause.
  • Al all-aluminum back panel, just as the rumors suggested. Think iPad 2, and you’re thinking right.
  • Interestingly, the source says the screen’s color profile was all wrong, suggesting that Apple had crippled it to hide its true prowess. AMOLED, perhaps?
  • No physical Home Button. We’d had reports of this before the iPhone 4S launch, too.
  • A 10 megapixel camera, because, you know, more megapixels are always better.

As we kept saying when these rumors were doing the rounds the first time, we’re offering a handy pinch of salt to go with this information. That said, it is all interesting, depending on whether you believe Business Insiders’ source or not.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide.

  • Would be great if you could hold off on the iPhone5 rumors for a while…. I still have a bad taste in my mouth from last time.

  • That phone has no camera or flash?

  • Upgrade eligible in 20 days… cool as Siri is I’m still holding off until the iPhone 5. I love my iPhone 4 so there’s no point in me getting the 4s

    • god choice especially with the iphone 4s battery problems and etc alot of people are saying they are messing up ( probably cuz they didnt work out all the bugs before realease)

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have any issue with it, but I would like to point out the irony of reporting rumors about rumors.

  • Anonymous

    “A 10 megapixel camera, because, you know, more megapixels are always better.”

    erm wrong, unless you change the sensor size to accomodate the increase in pixel count. otherwise it makes little difference and in most cases with a minute sensor the image is often worse.

  • Anonymous

    them things mentioned above are bad jokes from april fool’s day-

  • Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

    Why would they cancel the idea of a 10MP sensor? This is probably fake

    • Why? Because they felt it was too good to be released so soon. They know they can milk it out and save it for the next iPhone. Same goes for the bigger screen IMO

  • Kok Hean

    If the iPhone 5’s production is rushed, more bugs will appear.

  • Dan

    I don’t buy it

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe that there are people already mentally masturbating about the iPhone 5, a month after the launch of 4S. Unbelievable!

  • Guys, if you don’t want to read about the iPhone 5 rumors, then don’t. No one’s forcing you to read this specific article. Some people find it fun to speculate about this kind of stuff — there’s no harm in it.

  • And this is what it should look like