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

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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1. android_hitman unregistered

nice design .. i would really buy one :D

2. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

3. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

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

10. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

very funny thumbs up

4. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 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!

23. Soulmanager11

Posts: 26; Member since: May 04, 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

5. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

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

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Funny. I have the same feeling...

8. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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....

9. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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

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.

12. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

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

13. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Looks really nice. :)

14. ThatGuy unregistered

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

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!!

16. - luis - unregistered

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

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

18. Irad123

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

looks pretty ugly to me...

19. Airhorn unregistered


20. SniggIy

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

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

21. Saboo unregistered

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

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.

24. yingcong6 unregistered

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

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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