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Is this the iPhone 5? Nah, but it's the best fake we've seen so far

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Is this the iPhone 5? Nah, but it's the best fake we've seen so far
Okay, hold your breaths, clean your glasses and watch carefully... this may not be the iPhone 5, but it's the best fake we've seen so far. It's more than just a picture – it's a whole video claiming to be recorded from Apple's Swiss website, where the iPhone 5 page has been supposedly put on the web and accessible via a hidden link. Ridiculous? Yes. But wait until you see the skill and time invested in this footage – it includes a whole gallery of pictures allegedly showing the next-gen iPhone, but also a separate page listing its full specifications including a dual-core A5 chip and an 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video recording at 30fps.

The video also claims that the phone will come in black and white from day one, with two versions – one sporting 32GB of memory while the other with 64GB. When it comes to the design, it has been made to look ridiculously thin at 0.24 inches (6.2mm), while its weight stands at 3.95 oz (112g).

But looking closer you'll notice a couple of tidbits – besides the crazy assumption that Apple might just put the next iPhone on the web like this – whispering that this is fake. In the very first frames of the video, the address bar spoils it all as you can notice a local address file:// address. But there's also the suspicious “No Service” label along with the time set at 8:07, while Apple traditionally uses 9:41. 

The display is once advertized as a 4” screen, while later in the spec sheet it's listed as 4.2” inch. Finally, even the names of the gallery pictures are in English instead of German as you'd expect for the Swiss website. So yeah, it most probably is fake, but hey, the author has gone to such lengths to counterfeit this, that he seems to have well deserved a mention and your attention for the video below.

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posted on 12 Aug 2011, 06:27 4

1. android_hitman (Posts: 587; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


nice design .. i would really buy one :D

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 07:00 11

2. bayhuy (Posts: 262; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Ugly thing with no bezel...too thin, uncomfortable to hold...

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 07:11 14

3. district11 (Posts: 65; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


Say that one more time and you will be sued by apple ! :)

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:44 4

10. valapsp (Posts: 442; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


very funny thumbs up

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 07:14

4. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


One blunder: The specs says Retina Display and in the next line its written 275 ppi.
But the guy has put his best to make it a credible rumor. Hats off!

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 08:04

23. Soulmanager11 (Posts: 26; Member since: 04 May 2011)


If they raise the screen size the ppi will lower. No a blunder it might be right. 4-4.2in can lower it to 275

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 07:35 8

5. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


I don't know why but I have a feeling that the iPhone 5 is going to look ugly

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:30 7

7. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Funny. I have the same feeling...

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:41 5

8. valapsp (Posts: 442; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Yeah me too, It's most because of previously rumored photos!!!

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 07:41 1

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5281; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


FWIW, Macrumors has commissioned a design effort that is based on the leaks from case manufacturers. In the past, the case manufacturers have been spot on with what the new iPhone dimensions were. If past is predictive, the iPhone 4G/5 will look more like a thicker, wider and taller iPod Touch.

Oh and the release event seems to be scheduled for September 7....

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:43

9. valapsp (Posts: 442; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


The "iPhone" font on the back of the device is a mess.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:51 1

11. well (unregistered)


Personally i think the design looks great and i bet it will feel great in hand. truthfully idc whether i have a android phone or an iphone, now with ios5 out i think android phones needs to step it up whether its the android os or (motorola, htc, lg, samsung... and more) all have bugs. the iphone is so easy to use with little no bugs per my expirence with the iphone 4. i have had the motorola droid 1, htc droid incredible, samsung fascinate, Iphone 4, htc droid incredible 2, and as of now the motorola droid 3. and out of all of them the iphone 4 and htc droid incredible 2 were by far my best expirences. im getting to the point where i want a reliable phone all the time bug free.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 08:59 4

12. M0nkeyBr (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


I think that ugly
i wish Apple would make a 3GS with a front facer a better screen and a better camera

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 09:03 2

13. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Looks really nice. :)

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 09:35 6

14. ThatGuy (unregistered)


What if apple actually has no intentions of releasing a new Iphone?

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 10:07 2

15. andro (unregistered)


i really hope they make the new iphone like this as it will be way easier for me to sell insurance with every iphone in my phone shop in work,commission ching ching!!

that phone is gonna break so much easier than the iphone 4 thats sales commission will be high!!

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 12:06 1

16. - luis - (unregistered)


Ugly poor thingy.. :-s
It's time to get rid of this ridiculous home button..

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 12:16

17. fake (unregistered)


first frame: "file:///Users/peter/Desktop/i­­Phone%205/Website%20Pictures/­h­ome.html" :DDDDDDD
pateska1337 20 hours ago 55

Pause at 0:00 (drag the knob all the way to the left) and look at the address bar.
gizmoflipper 9 hours ago 25

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 14:15 1

18. Irad123 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


looks pretty ugly to me...

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 14:32

19. Airhorn (unregistered)


Laughing@you.

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 00:38

20. SniggIy (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


I am definitely getting the iPhone 5 if it looks like this. this thing looks amazing!

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 15:47

21. Saboo (unregistered)


I'll LMAO if this comes out to be the real iPhone 5. AHAHA

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 19:58

22. sfafasf (unregistered)


Don't get me wrong, I'm a fandroid at heart(Charge owner) but the new iPhone actually seems good. It's probably not going to be as good as the Nexus Prime but the main thing Apple has always had over Android is the fact that they don't release 30 different phones a year, by doing that the development on XDA is much better(the Charge has 1 kernel, a broken CWM recovery & about 3 reliable ROMs).

If I wasn't on contract for my Charge I would probably get the next iPhone(especially if it looked like it does in the photos!), people always complain about the iPhone's outdated a6 and other such things but my Charge is running a 1ghz Hummingbird with 328mb ram(about 200 of which is always being used by the system) and I have no problems with it.

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 15:45

24. yingcong6 (unregistered)


uglier than iphone4, hope this is not the real one coming soon.

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 23:56

25. jimmybond (unregistered)


Does anyone else notice that every one of these cell phone blogs link each other as "sources" for the next iPhone release date, specs, upgrades, etc. I was sent here from 9to5mac via macrumors via AppleInsider via CultofMac via TiPB via endgadget via bgr via mobiledia via (you get the picture)... Am I the only one who sees this as a "gap" in journalism?

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