First Photograph from iPhone 5 -- or Just Something Fishy?

Technology journalists around the world are buzzing about... a plate of sushi?

Evidence is mounting that a photo of just that may have been taken with Apple's long awaited iPhone 5.

The photo in question -- titled "lunch" -- was discovered by PocketNow on the Flickr account of Apple engineer Anton D'Auria. Though harmless at first glance, this photo apparently has secrets to tell.

While data embedded in the photo indicates the picture was snapped with an iPhone 4, a few data points don't match up. For instance, it says the original picture was snapped at a resolution of 3264 x 2448 (8 megapixels) and cropped to 2235 x 2291 (5 megapixels) -- clarity above the punching grade of last year's iPhone but well within the range of the yet-to-be-announced iPhone5.

Moreover, the photo was also taken with a 4.3mm f/2.4 lens. Aagain, the iPhone 4 is equipped with a lens that is 3.85mm f/2.8.

GPS info fits the bill as well. A little digging reveals the photo was taken at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, CA -- none other than Apple headquarters.

Of course, given the public's ravenous appetite for juicy bits of iPhone 5 rumor goodness, such things must be taken with a grain of salt. Embedded data can be easily tampered with and it wouldn't be difficult for someone to concoct such a crazy scheme. D'Auria's Flickr account is now blocked from the public view.

But if the photo happens to be real, it looks like Apple fans will be enjoying a fairly high quality 8 megapixel camera with their next generation smartphone.