Despite Apple's stated goal of doubling-down on secrecy, it *seems* like nearly every part of the next iPhone has leaked out. Is it just an impossible-to-solve weakness in the overseas supply chain? Are they fake plants to throw people off the scent? Or are they self-leaks to set expectations?
I vote against the parts being self-leaks. I've seen, and later had confirmed, things being tipped to press that allowed Apple to manage expectations and they were never components of a product.
That 'tall screen' rumor from a Verge caller? That seems more like Apple's style. Everyone has had months to get used to a widescreen iPhone. Enough time that it now seems inevitable. That's the kind of thing they do.
I don't think there's any expectations to be managed beyond 'it looks like the current iPhone, but with a taller screen', which was already taken care of by the early rumors and mockups.