Color me skeptical but there are enough Photoshop wizards in the world to doctor or create photos of almost anything you can imagine. The latest round of photos purporting to be of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 are a perfect example.
As the comic XKCD pointed out some time ago in the Settled strip, the percentage of people carrying cameras everywhere they go has implications.
Billions of people have smartphones, and most of them, particularly in the U.S. and other developed nations, have very good cameras (for photos and movies). Where’s visual proof of flying saucers? Lake monsters? Ghosts? Bigfoot? And the iPhone 6?
Ben Thompson tweeted a bunch of very bad photos which claim to be the elusive iPhone 6.
Maybe so. But why are the photos so crummy? Seriously.
I’m guessing that industrial espionage is just not what it used to be. Every photo purporting to be of Apple’s newest iPhone borders on photos of Bigfoot. My grandmother, who lives in an old home in Scotland and doesn’t own a mobile phone, could take better photos with an iPod touch.
There’s little doubt that Apple goes to great lengths to prevent such leaks, so why can’t industrial spies carry around a newer smartphone with a decent camera? The photos supposedly of the iPhone 6 are blurry, out of focus, and poorly framed. Why?
How long does it take to whip out last year’s iPhone model and take a few decent closeup photos? Or a movie? Geez, on the iPhone you don’t even have to enter a password to take a photo.
Whether the photos are real or fake, it doesn’t take much to figure out how the iPhone 6, in all models, is going to look. Think iPod touch (rounded edges) meets iPad mini (rounded edges). With so many billions of smartphones already in the world, one has to wonder why photos of unreleased products are so crummy.
Maybe there’s something else that explains why there are few decent photos of flying saucers, lake monsters, ghosts, bigfoot, or iPhone 6. Humans, when under stress, or in fear of being eaten, killed, probed, or abducted, just can’t take a good photograph.