TMZ fooled by iPhone 6 knockoff

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. 

source: TMZ via 9to5Mac

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1. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I feel pity on them.....

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 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

6. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Yup. PhoneArena did a good job covering this knock-off correctly weeks ago.

23. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

TMZ is more reliable than PhoneArena lol..

24. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Obviously, Android.

11. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Of course. That's pretty obvious.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

25. steedsofwar unregistered


28. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

My god you must be a real twatt irl

5. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

TMZ people are di*ks & noobs as always.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

10. only1post unregistered

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

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I don't know, you might be candy coating it a little bit. 6 months might not be enough time. lol +1

12. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

15. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

18. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Not nearly as lame and pathetic TMZ and their followers.

19. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 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. =)

21. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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

26. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

27. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 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..

20. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

22. bizwhizzy

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 04, 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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