The buildup to the release of the heavily anticipated new iPhone has been accompanied by more component leaks than we’ve ever seen before. Frankly, there are almost no parts of the “iPhone 5″ that haven’t been leaked out via one channel or another. But short of stealing one of these parts from a factory, what does it take to get your hands on one?
Frequently, it’s component repair shops that get these bits and pieces first, but some are willing to pay to get a hands-on. According to MIC Gadget, a Chinese site paid out 50,000 yuan (more than $7,800) for 24 hours with an iPhone encasement. That’s not for an assembled phone, that’s for just the rear. Word is that they had to fork out for this part from a case manufacturer, who I’m assuming were more than a little edgy about loaning out one of their production models.
But 50,000 yuan? That’s a huge amount of money for a hands-on with something that we’ve already seen elsewhere.