Top tech news sites have been fooled by what were supposed to be leaked photos of the next-generation iPhone only to find out that these iPhone 5 photos are renderings.
Top tech sites like Gizmodo, AppleInsider and BGR have all published the photos made by Matin Hajek. Mr. Hajek is arguably a very good artist to have come up with these photos which he says are “Based on leaked photos/videos | modelled in Rhinoceros 3D.”
And impressive these photos surely are. At first glance, you’d think they’re really real photos. What is purported to be the iPhone 5 sits on top of a wooden table maybe in someone’s back yard.
To add to the authentic feeling you get when looking at the photos, the reflective surfaces of the phone like the glass front and shiny part of the back show what appears to be a reflection of the sky and a structure that looks like a bridge.
Furthermore, the shiny surfaces also have smudges consistent of someone handling the phone with oily fingers. Even the back panel which has a two-toned design of shiny aluminum or glass and a non-shiny surface has smudges and reflections consistent with the surroundings.
The sites has since either taken down (as is the case with Gizmodo) or updated their posts (like AppleInsider and BGR). The artist is proud of his work as he should be. He says on a screenshot of Gizmodo’s article:
I even managed to fool Gizmodo!
You would think Gizmodo of all blogs would be able to tell a leaked prototype from a leaked rendering!
After I pointed it out to Gizmodo the post disappeared faster than Steve Jobs could say ‘one more thing’ (which is why I had to resort to Google’s good-’ole cache)
Tell me, wouldn’t you be fooled if someone showed these to you? I mean, look at them.