A photo of an iPhone5 prototype running on China Mobile’s current 3G TD-SCDMA network has been posted on several websites and was picked by AppleInsider, suggesting that Apple might bring the touchscreen handset to the world’s largest mobile carrier in September.

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Apple has long been interested in bringing the iPhone to China Mobile. Apple COO Tim Cook was reportedly spotted at China Mobile corporate offices last month.

Brian White, an analyst for Ticonderoga Securities said the photo supports his claims that iPhone 5 will arrive in China as early as September, which represent a watershed for Apple.

Over the past several months, we have written about China Mobile's mysterious relationship with Apple that has allowed the company to support iPhone subscribers on its network without an official carrier agreement, he wrote. For example, we have written about China Mobile's iPhone 4 SIM card cutting service, followed by the sale of a mini SIM card and then the retail sale of the iPhone 4 at a few select locations.

However, iPhone 5 is rumored to look like iPhone 4, yet be it will be thinner and lighter.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected to come with following features:
A5 processor in the range of 1.2-1.5 GHz
> Aluminum metal backing of the original iPhone instead of the current glass surface back piece
> A teardrop design, like the new iPod Touch, with the top being thick and then tapering to a skinnier bottom
> An improved antenna (no more Antennagate, yay!)
> More RAM, possibly 1GB
> Better camera (perhaps 8-megapixel) with 1080p video playback and panaromic photo capture capability and an improved dual-LED flash unit
> Bigger-edge-to-edge 3.7- to 4-inch curved glass screen (iPHone 4 has 3.5-inch screen)
> A SIM-less design
> 3-4 internal antennas for both GSM and CDMA networks
> 4G connectivity
> iOS 5, which will be true multitask capable and come with loads of new features such as News Stand, Reminders, Delta Updates and iMessage
> Improved speech recognition features, and
> Wireless charging capability
> Better talktime and standy time
> Near Field Communication (NFC) technology
> Panoramic photo capabilities and 1080p Full HD videos
> Stronger gaming capabilities supported by multi-core A5 processor and Imagination Technologies' PowerVR Series6 mobile graphics processing architecture.