Michael Steeber

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That iPhone 5 Boot Up Video Is 100% Fake

There’s been a sneaky video floating around the internet today of an alleged iPhone 5 booting up on camera next to its counterpart, the iPhone 4S. Before you jump to conclusions, I can say without a doubt that the video is fake. With only a cursory overview of the video and accompanying photos, one can observe many amateur mistakes that are a dead giveaway. Many people believe that this is indeed the iPhone 5, but rest assured that it’s not. Let’s take a look. 

As you may know, I’m no novice when it comes to fakery, so I know what I’m looking for here. Starting with the photos, many flaws are immediately obvious. I believe that what we’re looking at here is little more than an iPhone dummy mockup, similar in many ways to the ones you can already purchase from China. In fact, it’s clear right off the bat:

The photographer in question here has no reason to blur the Apple logo and FCC information unless they have something to hide. As you’ll note in the video, the information on the back is similarly taped over. Many fake iPhones end up using the wrong font or a slightly misshapen Apple logo, and I believe that to be the case here. In order to get around this flaw, the originator of the photos simply blurred it out. 

Moving to the front, we find several other fatal hits to the legitimacy of these photos. As is blatantly obvious, the home button is wrong. Not only is the shade of the plastic they used off by a considerable amount, the square is slightly crooked and also the wrong size. Reminds me a little of this fake. Secondly, you can spot the inclusion of some extra sensors up at the top of the device, something unseen before on other leaked iPhone photos. The rest of this photo’s details, while appearing to be legitimate, could easily be faked. It’s not that hard to place an image of an Apple logo onto a screen.

Next up we see a closeup of this iPhone’s speaker grill. If you know what an iPhone 4/4S looks like, you’ll quickly spot the discrepancy here. Not only is this grill white instead of silver, it also sports an entirely new “punched hole” design, similar to that of the iPad’s speaker.

Next we have the video. The mistakes found here are perhaps even more obvious than those in the pictures. If you haven’t seen the video, here it is. I’ll be referencing some time codes throughout. 

I’ve captured some identifying screenshots from the video below. 

The first dead giveaway comes at about 0:30 in the video. When the person handling the phones flips the devices over, the light catches the side of the iPhone and exposes what appears to be some type of black sticker or perhaps even a black sheet of paper secured to the front of the iPhone’s display. You can actually see two separate screen edges if you look at the top corner. Many fake iPhones come with simulated home screen images, that may have been the case here as well. In the seconds that follow, if you look at the left edge of the screen, it appears to be raised off of the surface. Tsk tsk. 


After the phone is set down at approximately the 0:36 mark, you’ll notice a similar glitch in the bottom left corner. Whatever false screen was applied to the surface of this iPhone was obviously put on crooked when compared to the original. If you keep staring at the corner, at about 0:41, you’ll promptly notice this glitch disappear when the iPhone begins to boot. This is because at that point, a second layer was added to the video. Being familiar with video editing, this is a very simple trick. Basically, a fake video was stitched together of an iPhone boot-up sequence. Once again, this is pretty simple. If you’ve ever dug into the iOS filesystem, you may know that within Springboard exists all of the .png images found in the boot animation. Once a fake boot sequence has been made, it’s as simple as dropping that video track over the real one and motion tracking it to the camera movements. 

There’s plenty of little anomalies within how the screen appears during boot as well, but I’m not going to dive into that here. 

Last but not least, we have the final “error screen” shown after the phone is booted. Once again, this is little more than a stitched together screenshot in Photoshop. In fact, if you take a close look, you can tell that it’s been mispositioned here. The onscreen text is slightly off perspective, and the time in the status bar is far too small. Take a look at your iPhone now, and compare the size of the time onscreen to the size of the speaker grill above it. 

All in all, this reminds me a little too much of that other fake iPhone we saw just last month. I know everyone’s excited for the new iPhone, but it’s always best to think things all the way through. 

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Dissecting A Fake iPhone

There’s been some photos being passed around the web today that supposedly show a design-final, non-functional prototype iPhone. Quite a bit of speculation has arisen as to whether or not these photos are legitimate. Wow. Let’s take a look at the photos in comparison to legitimate ones leaked by both 9to5Mac and iLab not long ago. 

Even if this is a “non-functional” prototype, that’s the fakest false home screen I’ve ever seen. 

Sure, some things can change between initial prototyping and a final design, but these deviations are too fake to be real.

This is almost as far out as the rumored iPod touch with no home button from last year.

There’s always a point each year where iPhone rumors and leaks go from reasonable to ridiculous. I think we’re almost there. 

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