The next-generation Apple iPhone will likely will be unveiled on Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
In past years, Apple has used the conference's keynote presentation to announce new products, including versions of the iPhone in 2008 and 2009.
While the arrival of each new generation of the smart phone has been eagerly awaited, the anticipation was tempered this year after tech website Gizmodo published details about the new phone after paying $5,000 to get its hands on the device. The tech site said it bought it from a person who picked it up at a bar where it had been carelessly left on the floor.
The site returned the phone after Apple sent a letter asking for it.
Authorities then raided the home of the editor who published the photos.
In court documents, Apple said the theft and leak of its new iPhone prototype will have a "huge" negative effect on the company's earnings.