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TMZ fooled by iPhone 6 knockoff

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TMZ fooled by iPhone 6 knockoff
No one has ever really claimed that TMZ was a source to go to for technology news, and today proves why. The outlet has likely misled thousands of readers by publishing pictures that it claim are the real Apple iPhone 6, but are actually just photos of a Chinese iPhone 6 knockoff that is already out on the market.

The number one red flag is the navigation overlay on the homescreen, which includes a back and menu button, neither of which would ever be found on an iOS device. Beyond that, you need to have some deeper knowledge of the system to notice the differences. First of all, the device is modeled on iOS 7, not iOS 8, and doesn't include an icon for Healthkit. If you're looking even closer, you'll notice that the font on the calendar icon doesn't match what it should look like. 

Some may try to excuse TMZ's failure by saying that they aren't a tech site, but we would posit that is exactly why the outlet shouldn't even try in the first place. There's a reason why we here at PhoneArena will never be diving into the celebrity gossip world: it's just not our area of expertise. 

TMZ fooled by iPhone 6 knockoff

source: TMZ via 9to5Mac

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posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:46 1

1. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 554; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I feel pity on them.....

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:49

3. Duketytz (Posts: 519; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I like their news post screaming to tech geeks that they got an IPhone 6. They should really work on their knowledge and their sources. Though most people will be easily fooled as well

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:54 2

6. NexusPhan (Posts: 540; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Yup. PhoneArena did a good job covering this knock-off correctly weeks ago.http://www.phonearena.com/news/First-iPhone-6-clone-shows-up-in-China-whets-appetite-for-the-real-deal_id58949

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 19:12 1

23. cheetah2k (Posts: 869; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


TMZ is more reliable than PhoneArena lol..

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 19:32 1

24. phljcnth (Posts: 295; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Pot calling the kettle black. I remember PhoneArena doing all those articles of "Galaxy F" leaked photos (that obviously looked fake) without even scrutinizing them.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:46 3

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 1679; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Hehehe..TMZ...stick with celebrity news and stay away from tech stuff.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:50 1

4. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 554; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Hmm.... l wonder what kind of OS powered all of those pathetic clones.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:01 6

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Obviously, Android.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:20 1

11. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 554; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


So, not only the best products comes from Android, but also the worst.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:43

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3302; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Of course. That's pretty obvious.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 12:39 2

16. Finalflash (Posts: 1903; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Well seeing as how the iPhone's target audience was so easily tricked by it. Just goes to show that if they sold a knock off version of last year's iPhone today, their fans would be none the wiser.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 21:10

25. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


THIS IS THE TRUTH

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:29

28. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 255; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


My god you must be a real twatt irl

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:53 1

5. Tritinum (Posts: 277; Member since: 06 May 2014)


TMZ people are di*ks & noobs as always.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:07

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


iTMZ FOOLS

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:15

9. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 635; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


I doubt they didnt knew it was a fake. All it matters is god knows how many people clicked on their articles and generated them money with ads etc. Most of those clueless people will never know it was a fake cause they wont be on phonearena. They are people who are not into tech but celebrities for them to be on that site. So TMZ did a good job fooling people that can be easily fooled and making money in the process.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:19

10. only1post (unregistered)


"it's just not our area of expertise" !? ... come on PA, surely you can do some Kim K tosh in retaliation

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 12:31 4

14. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)


We covered the Kim K mobile game that is huge right now. I think we all need at least 6 months to wash that dirt away.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 12:51

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4416; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I don't know, you might be candy coating it a little bit. 6 months might not be enough time. lol

+1

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:34

12. seanwhat (Posts: 159; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


What's the point of this post, just to take a jab at TMZ? that's pretty lame and pathetic to be honest.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 12:33

15. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)


We don't want misinformation to be paraded around as fact. The point is that now, if someone mentions the TMZ article to you, you can say why it is fake.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 12:54 1

18. chebner (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Not nearly as lame and pathetic TMZ and their followers.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 13:03

19. Nobodey (Posts: 63; Member since: 03 Jan 2010)


Or to inform anyone who thought TMZ was correct that they weren't and it hasn't been leaked yet.
The jab was a bonus. =)

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 13:54

21. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I would like to believe that the audience who gets news from us might not overlap so much with those who also visit TMZ

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 08:05

26. seanwhat (Posts: 159; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


i'd never even heard of tmz before this article.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 08:22

27. Nobodey (Posts: 63; Member since: 03 Jan 2010)


No, you're right. But the people who would cross over between the two of might just might be the same people who would read about this fake iPhone and then spread that falsehood to others. And.. as we now live in a world where 95% of us don't check the source of an article before reposting..

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 13:20

20. ryq24 (Posts: 534; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


What if TMZ was right and this is the iPhone 6? Just asking.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 13:57

22. bizwhizzy (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


what if Godzilla is real, and the movies are really documentaries?

it makes no sense to ask that because its obviously fake.

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