The Chinese commerce site Taobao has some sellers on it that have already started accepting pre-orders for the as yet unannounced iPhone 5. The rumored device is being offered at a starting price of $5088 Hong Kong dollars (equal to about $655 USD), and is available for pre-order now (via Reuters). Apparently, the sellers are accepting the money, or a sizable deposit, with the intention of purchasing the iPhone 5 in Hong Kong or the United States and then shipping the device to mainland China. The catch is, of course, that the device hasn’t been announced or released yet and unsurprisingly the seller could not offer a specific delivery time.
One seller (found here) has managed to cobble together a bunch of mock-up pictures of the iPhone 5, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. Notably, some of the pictures show a device that is completely different from the other pictures. Epic fail.
The seller also previews some of the key features of iOS 6, announcing that this will be shipping alongside the new iPhone 5. According to the report, there have been over two dozen orders to one pre-seller already, so if you are feeling particularly frivolous today then head on over and drop some cash. If you are sane, then don’t.