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Is This iPhone 6 Image Real?

It's worth cutting right to the chase: Here is a leaked image of the purported next-generation Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPhone 6:

Source: Forbes

Right off the bat, this image looks pretty legitimate. After all, it's a larger iPhone complete with TouchID, next to nothing in the way of bezels, and generally a gorgeous design. It really does "look" like what one would expect from a next-generation iPhone. However, the question that investors and phone enthusiasts must ask themselves is this: Is this image real or just a very clever render?

Doesn't this look familiar?
The iPhone here looks familiar -- almost too familiar. Does it, perhaps, remind you of the following image?

Source: Martin Hajek and Steve Hemmerstoffer

While this image is certainly different from the alleged "photo" (for example, the render doesn't have Touch ID), the designs are extremely similar. Now, there's the argument that there are only so many ways to actually go about making a thinner, larger iPhone, and these two images may not be at all related, but the similarities (particularly the bottom of the phone) are rather striking.

A few more problems
The images that were "leaked" were suspiciously missing pictures of the side of the phone, where the volume buttons would be. In a slimmer design, the buttons would clearly need to be reworked/made smaller. This would also probably require a great deal more effort to "fake," which suggests that there's either something here that the leakers don't want us to see (i.e., a controlled leak) or that it really is a fake.

Another thing to notice is the unrealistic lighting, shading, and basic environment that this alleged iPhone 6 is situated in. This is in stark contrast to the Nov. 2013 leak of a next-generation Retina iPad Mini sporting Touch ID:


This leaves very little doubt as to the authenticity of the image, as the "environment" looks real and the tablet is very clearly being photographed by an individual with his phone. While this could also be fake, it at least looks like a real item in real lighting conditions in a real environment.

Is it fake?
At the end of the day, the iPhone 6 may very well look like the leak above, and the leak itself may prove legitimate. There really are only so many ways to make a larger, thinner iPhone, and the leaked image does look plausible. However, there are too many near-exact similarities to the render provided that call into question the authenticity of the picture. Plus, the environment/conditions in which the phone is situated don't look all that realistic either.

Only time will tell, of course. Apple would be wise to get a bigger phone out the door as quickly as possible to intercept the next-generation products from Samsung, HTC, and others, particularly as the products from these players continue to become more compelling from a capabilities and even software experience standpoint. Apple can't afford to lose any further high-end/flagship sales, as these high-margin products are the key to Apple's profitability and long-term future. Bring on the larger iPhone!

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  • Report this Comment On February 13, 2014, at 9:43 AM, dbtuner wrote:

    who cares?

  • Report this Comment On February 13, 2014, at 10:30 AM, normgarry wrote:

    Real or not, I'm upgrading from iPhone5 16GB to iPhone6 32GB.

    64-bit CPU, better camcorder, more memory...

    Just TAKE MY MONEY...

  • Report this Comment On February 13, 2014, at 12:16 PM, sbhatta904 wrote:

    Wow what a unique design! It's like nothing I've seen before!! OOOH I have to have to one! Apple is now a full generation behind on design and specs. This company is finished. They better use their cash reserves and try to by Samsung or LG :-).

  • Report this Comment On February 13, 2014, at 4:51 PM, thuggs wrote:

    "Apple is a full generation behind". I guess you live in Colorado, or Washington where it is legal to smoke a little smoke.

    Apple has a 64 bit chip which Samsung can't provide. It has touch id which Samsung hasn't provided.

    I mean, short of benchmarks, and tangible hardware, they do, I guess, trail Samsung. They don't chase specs to compensate for a lack of hardware, or software.

  • Report this Comment On February 13, 2014, at 5:22 PM, sputnik767 wrote:

    Interestingly enough, Apple was lacking in the software department big time,with iOS 7 playing decent catch-up.

    Look, prior to iOS 7, there was no true multitasking and there was no way to quickly toggle any basic settings such as Wifi or bluetooth. You had to exit your app, scroll through your 10 home screens to find the settings app, find what you need there, toggle it, and then go back to your app. Same thing with search, where you had to scroll all the way to the first screen. Android had this issue solved for years, same goes for unintrusive notifications.

    Samsung provides many useless features, but some very useful ones. From the Message app, I just bring my phone to my ear and it'll automatically call that contact. If the phone rings, all I have to do is turn it over and it will silence. I can palm swipe across the screen to take a screenshot. And this doesn't even touch on widgets, useful lockscreens, and the ability to set default apps, something Apple has not provided.

    But they did provide a 64-bit CPU and fingerprint sensor. The CPU is nice, but without true app support at more than 3 GB of RAM, it's not really anything. TouchID is nice to unlock to device, but I wouldn't trust it for any serious security, as it was already cracked (and your phone is covered in your prints).

    So yes, while Apple makes an excellent device, they are still far behind the competition, although iOS 7 did a healthy dose of copying features that Android had for years now.

  • Report this Comment On February 13, 2014, at 6:21 PM, korzenik81 wrote:

    It does appear "slightly thinner and slightly lighter". I don't see an SD card slot anywhere so IT MUST be an iPhone!

  • Report this Comment On February 13, 2014, at 9:54 PM, ectogamit wrote:

    iPhone has been 3 generations behind and just recently caught up to maybe one generation behind and with the size increase maybe are almost going to catch up. 64bit is a gimmick till apps support it.

  • Report this Comment On February 14, 2014, at 1:57 AM, StockgeniusII wrote:

    IPhone6 needs to come out just after Samsung Galaxy S5 to protect its market share. Waiting till September is to long!

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 12:30 PM, ahart12 wrote:

    HTC is a few years ahead anyway...

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