TMZ is today posting images, claiming to be a real iPhone 6. The juicy headline is causing the post to pick up some momentum, but unfortunately this is not the case. The device the site shows is merely one of the several Android clones floating around which run an iOS 7-esque skin. 9to5Mac covered one of these clones extensively in late July. The design is based off the alleged iPhone 6 schematics dating back to March.

You can tell TMZ’s photo depict one of these clones in several ways. For one, the Home Screen is flaunting the iOS 7 layout rather than the iOS 8 organization of apps, which can be seen at the bottom of Apple’s microsite. The Health app is also completely absent, a tell-tale sign.

Even more blatant is the use of font for the text in the Calendar icon. Most icons in iOS are simply images which can be ripped out of the system firmware for these clone manufactures to exploit, but the calendar icon is actually generated dynamically (so the day and date labels can update to match the current system time). This makes it an easy way to spot clones, as the fakes are often too lazy to recreate this accurately. In this case, the first image shows that the Calendar icon uses a heavy bold font-face for the date (’13’), when iOS 7 and iOS 8 use a much thinner lightweight font.

Although these clones get better and better at copying the real thing, it is still not that hard to spot the fakes. We currently expect Apple to announce the real iPhone 6 at a special press event on September 9th.

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4 Responses to “TMZ gets a little over-enthusiastic about yet another Android clone of the iPhone 6”

  1. rogifan says:

    There are so many things here that scream fake it’s kind of embarrassing to see anyone run with this. Looking at that back plate though it makes one wonder if a lot of the leaks we’re seeing are Chinese clones of an alleged schematic rather than a legit Apple part.

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  2. Certainly Apple designers would never add the cheesy white lines! Come on!

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  3. For a while this morning, this was front page news on Business Insider Tech. They actually believed it was real.

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