A set of pictures purportedly of the iPhone 5 up Apple’s sleeves – which have, not surprisingly, gone viral after coverage from sites like Gizmodo – are revealed to have all been just renderings by a talented artist.
The photos in question – which can be seen below – are the wok of Martin Hajek. The artist says in posts on Flickr that the renderings are “Based on leaked photos/videos | modeled in Rhinoceros 3D.”
The iPhone 5 photos are very realistic, however, as they show the renders on top of what appears to be a wooden table top outdoors. The renders even have reflections on the glass and what appears to be finger smudges.
Gizmodo has since taken down its article about the photos but the artist managed to grab a screenshot of the page from Google Cache. AppleInsider and BGR have both updated their posts to explain that the photos of the iPhone 5 are just renders.
Hajek explains on the screenshot:
“I even managed to fool Gizmodo!
You would think Gizmodo of all blogs would be able to tell a leaked prototype from a leaked rendering!
After I pointed it out to Gizmodo the post disappeared faster than Steve Jobs could say ‘one more thing’ (which is why I had to resort to Google’s good-’ole cache)”
The purported leak of the iPhone 5 shows a two-toned housing which is similar in shape and design to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
Some sites have tagged them as a “redesigned” iPhone 5 but we’re seeing that the design, if these photos were true, does not merit the description as they’re very much like the previous- and current-generation iPhones.
The iPhone 5 renders show a taller device featuring what appears to be also a taller display. This aligns with previous rumors that the iPhone 5 will have a 4-inch Retina Display.
The renders also show a smaller dock connector compared to the connectors found on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. the wraparound silver design of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is also replaced by a color that matches the back of the device.
The photos also show an audio jack which has been relocated, a two-toned back, a camera and a LED flash beside a larger lens.
Whatever the iPhone 5 may look like, it’s been reported that Steve Jobs worked closely on the redesign of the smartphone.
Images from Martin uit Utrecht on Flickr