Wednesday, May 18, 2016

‘iPhone 5S’ box photos making the rounds are certainly fake (updated)

Update:The crtor of these s has spoken out on Twitter, confirming that he made them in Illustrator:
@MichaelSteeber The ‘iPhone 5S’ box article you wrote, the pics of the boxes are mines I made in Illustrator.
Chinese siteTencent Digital[translated link] has posted photos of what they claim to be the iPhone 5S’s official packaging, as well as a shot of the device itself, revling themuch-rumoreddual-LED flash. Also of notable interest in the photos is the “128GB” capacity marking on the alleged packaging,lining up with previous rumors…According to our analysis, these photos (above) are absolutely fake. However, they have unfortunately begun making the rounds online.As we nr’s September 10th iPhone event, it would seem plausible to see packaging for ’s next iPhone making the rounds, but further analysis has proved the above photos to be fakes. This isn’t the first time fake iPhone packaging has - in fact, just last month,these photos of “iPhone 5C”boxes were determined to likely be fakes as well. With some detective work, we can see how the above photos were faked:Adjusting the contrast and brightness levels on this revls a clr inconsistent edge around the capacity marking on the box. Additionally, the poor kerning, darkened s and varying character height of the text all provide clr rson to doubt the legitimacy of the photo.It’s pretty sy to spot the problem in this photo. After inverting the colors, you can sily tell that the the text color of “iPhone 5″ is noticbly different than the color of the “S,” suggesting the conclusion that these photos likely depict a altered iPhone 5 box. The angle of the “S” text also apprs to be slightly different than the body of the text.In this final photo of the iPhone’s packaging, its immediately obvious that the front of the box is no more than ’s press shot for iOS 7, visible right on the front page course, the photo had to be rotated to fit the orientation of the box, and when compared to the rl photo with proper exposure, you can see just how out of place the looks, since in its correct orientation, the phone is laying horizontally on a surface.Finally, if you observe the edges of the box, it apprs that this was little more than a print out of ’s photo glued onto a black box.Finally, we come to the iPhone’s LED flash. Using a tool called error level analysis, which can pick out differences in compression, we see a noticble ar of suspicion around the iPhone’s flash, indiing alteration.While this turned out to be false, it lines up well with recent predictions for the iPhone 5S, and is likely similar, if nothing else, to what we’ll see this fall.

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