TMZ Thinks This is the iPhone 6, Bless its Heart

By Ashley Feinberg on at

TMZ, made famous for showing us some of the world's most prominent genitalia, has another big exclusive on its hands — this time for all you tech nerds out there. "Drool, geeks," the headline says, and behold the glorious watermarked images of a phone that is almost definitely not the iPhone 6.

TMZ Thinks This Is the iPhone 6, Bless Its Heart

But hey, let's give them the benefit of the doubt. Here are the phone's tech specs, as told by TMZ:

As for the inner workings — we're told it's not running an authentic Apple IOS, which is SOP during the development stage for security purposes.

We're told the new phone is noticeably lighter ... and appears to have a new sensor on the front ... though it's unclear for what.

Unfortunately for TMZ, as 9 to 5 Mac notes, this is just one of the many, many Android clones making the rounds. The first giveaway is the fact that the phone's homescreen was designed in the likeness of iOS 7, not iOS 8. But there's an even more damning (and more subtle) problem with TMZ's "exclusive" model. 9 to 5 Mac explains:

Most icons in iOS are simply images which can be ripped out of the system firmware for these clone manufactures to exploit, but the calendar icon is actually generated dynamically (so the day and date labels can update to match the current system time). This makes it an easy way to spot clones, as the fakes are often too lazy to recreate this accurately. In this case, the first image shows that the Calendar icon uses a heavy bold font-face for the date ('13'), when iOS 7 and iOS 8 use a much thinner lightweight font.

So while we do appreciate your enthusiasm, TMZ, maybe just stick to dick pics for now. [TMZ via 9 to 5 Mac]