Sure, they’re real renders, but they’re not any form of guarantee that they’re an accurate depiction of the next iPhone, even though they line up with the primary rumour of a 4-inch screen that has been so widely reported.
While the leaks of supposed casings for the so-called iPhone 5 as seen at 9to5Mac look real, the world has seen such supposed “case leaks” before, and as always not all turn out to be the real deal.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, the real “new iPhone” is still a few months away, and without any lost iPhones turning up at a bar, being found on the sidewalk or some other improbable location, the world that cares about such things thrives on any leak, any rumour, and rumbling of any new iDevice.
That’s why Martin Hajek’s ultra-realistic renderings were latched on to by so many, wishing it was real, willing the next iPhone into existence – even if the next iPhone turns out to be circular, triangular, octagonal or some other preposterous reality distorting shape.
Mr Hajek’s hoax was wonderfully done, and the man deserves top marks for getting the world so prematurely excited.
Of course, the next time ultra-realistic photos or renderings turn up, rather than the “fuzzy photos” that usually appear, the world will wonder whether someone is “crying wolf” – or whether this time, it really is the real deal, as it was when a genuine prototype iPhone 4 turned up online.
Until then, there are supposed leaked casings and renderings to rave on about, and even though we know the renderings are now an admitted “fake”, they may well turn out to be more prophetic than anyone, including Mr Hajek, expected.
Details of the hoax here at Martin Hajek’s Flickr page.