Faked Photo of 'iPhone 5S Logic Board' With A7 Chip Making the Rounds

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    It's certainly not the first time fake photos alleged to be parts from upcoming Apple products have surfaced, but a particularly egregious case occurring today is starting to be picked up by other sites, so we thought it would be a good idea to nip this one in the bud.

    Earlier today, we received a tip about a site sharing photos of what was said to be the iPhone 5S logic board with an A7 chip on it, along with purported specs about this chip.

    Among the posted photos is a full shot of the logic board, which seems to be 100% identical to the iPhone 5 logic board with the exception of an A7 chip. While there is a decent chance that the iPhone 5 and 5S will have very similar logic boards, there will undoubtedly be some changes and the essentially identical appearance immediately flagged the iPhone 5S photo as a certain fake.

    Original faked closeup of A7 chip: Notice "3232" date code at right and faint "1227" date code at bottom.
    As if that evidence were not enough, the post provides additional information in the form of a closeup of the A7 chip, showing off unique part numbers and other codes not seen on the A6 chip in the iPhone 5. These codes also immediately gave away the photo as a fake, and we replied to our email tipster to point out the issue.
    We suspect our tipster was associated with the fake photos, as the closeup image was quickly replaced with a new one changing the "3232" to a more sensical "1302" corresponding to the second week of January 2013. The site's watermark on the image was also moved to obscure the second "1227" date code.

    Replacement faked closeup of A7 chip: Notice new "1302" date code right and watermark moved to obscure code at bottom.
    We had hesitated to post about these fake photos, but with at least half a dozen other sites having already picked up on the story with varying levels of skepticism, we thought it most important to set the record straight.

    Article Link: Faked Photo of 'iPhone 5S Logic Board' With A7 Chip Making the Rounds
  2. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Jersey, Channel Islands
    This gave me some interesting insight into what those numbers actually mean. Thanks for setting things straight!
  3. syavno macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Who has time to waste on doctoring a photo? Why? "Fortune and glory"??
  4. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    Forgot the pictures, more interested in what the analysts are saying! Where you at Kuo? :rolleyes:
  5. nwcs macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2009
    Clicks lead to views which leads to advertising impressions which leads to money.
  6. jtaylor8683 macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010

    The time and effort put into this.....Hell you know what, if you are going to make something that doesn't exist, get creative! I want to see an A11 chip....I want a blurry photo of the new glass BENDING....I want another blurry photo of the phone so thin, it looks like paper! IF you are going to do it, do it right!
  7. Rocketman macrumors 603


    I just think it is cool the tipster clarified for you quite nicely it is an actual fake with no doubt.
  8. TMar macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    Too dumb and lazy to fake photos right. Children...
  9. kaplanfx macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2010
    I wish you had posted their "fake" specs. I was curious, I didn't want to give them a page view but on the other hand I wanted to see what crap they made up.

  10. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Moral of the story...

    ...half-hearted attempt(s) to fool a bunch of nerds who vehemently study and know every millimeter of electronics' components are futile!

  11. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    apparently, "Droid Gator" has time to waste on this kind of nonsense, which is still surprising because it takes away valuable time from dicking around on the homescreen and playing with widgets. :)
  12. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Typical of websites that start with Dro... Never mind.
  13. anubis72 macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2004
    Because a website named DROIDgator would have anything worthwhile to post about the iPhone...:rolleyes:
  14. MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
    Apple Keynote September 2013

    SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller hits the stage to talk about new iPhone...

    People have been wondering, how do you follow up a hit product like the iPhone 5?.. I'm really pleased to tell you today all about the brand new iPhone 5S! Of course it starts with 4" Retina Display, of course it’s made entirely of glass and aluminum, but don’t be deceived, because inside it’s all new. The A7 chip is now making its way into the iPhone, two times faster CPU, two times faster GPU...

    After Keynote

    Steve would never have allowed this!, it's the same phone as before!, Apple is doomed....

    Apple Press Release

    iPhone 5S First Weekend Sales Top Seven Million
  15. bloggerblog macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    hahaha, an Android website can only get hits if it had Apple news :D
  16. r2shyyou macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    OR...the current year is fake...

    [thinks about it]

    [thinks about it]

  17. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    Anything for page hits and back links I guess. :(

    Good to see MR on the ball as normal!
  18. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    No need to tell the faker the correct numbers to use.
  19. tekboi macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2006
    New Orleans ✈ WesŦward
    It's not like an A7 processor would be groundbreaking news anyways. It's pretty much the predicted next level up. This shouldn't even be on the front page.
  20. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
  21. DaveHuck macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
    Iron Mountain, MI
  22. testcard macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2009
    Middle England
    "Egregious". Why do I find that word strangely sexy?
  23. Rocketman macrumors 603


    When MacRumors posts a story (on the front page) debunking a false claim, they are doing a public service as well as a service to their collegues. This is journalism at its finest.

    And they didn't out their source! The source provided enough crumbs for the greatest of simpletons.

  24. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    You find the word "egregious" sexy, do you?

    Would you like to tell me more about that?

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