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While Patently Apple does post some reports based on rumors emanating from Taiwan and Chinese supply chain sources, we shy away from the bizarre, the truly unbelievable or the ridiculous. Yet some sites don't mind stepping over the line and this week's rumored iPhone lite photos were clear proof of that. The rumored photos were simply over the top stupid. To some, they were just insulting.

We all applaud Apple's famed Industrial Designer Jony Ive and his team for being so meticulous about every facet of design. At this year's World Wide Developer Conference, Apple began with a special video articulating how designing something original takes focus. Apple notes that they'll simplify a product; perfect a product; and even start over until everything they touch enhances each life it touches. Only then will Apple sign their work "Designed by Apple in California." They even built an ad campaign around that philosophy. This is the Apple we know and love.

Then on Friday AppleInsider posted a report titled "Supposed 'iPhone Lite' shows up with FCC & other legal notices in new picture." They presented a photo that had the so called FCC notice on it in glaringly large black type with an ugly black Apple logo. Does that really look like something that Jony Ive and Tim Cook would sign off on? I highly doubt it.


Today, Apple creatively uses hollow type to mute the FCC code on the white iPhone 5. They do an even better job of muting the code on the colored iPod touch. Are we being too picky on this point? Maybe, but time will tell if we are.


2. rumored iphone lite photo from AppleInsider

A link to another report within AppleInsider's report presented us with a series of absolutely crappy looking make-believe future iPhones and an amateurish schematic of the design from a blog called "KANG."


On the iPhone 5, Apple's backsied logo has a particular distinctive sheen to it as do Apple's colored iPod touch products as you can see below. Yet in the so-called iPhone lite photo we simply see an ugly cheap black logo stamped on the back cover that looks like pure garbage. Nothing at all that you'd expect from Apple.


And how about those wacky colors that are presented in the iPhone lite photo? Can they be anymore repulsive? Ha! - I doubt it.  But the trixters tried to match Apple's iPod touch colors and failed. They couldn't go with dark gray because their stupid Apple logo stamp wouldn't have shown up, so they lightened it up. Are these guys funny or what?   


4. Real iPod colors and unique consistant logo

Some rumors are just not credible and in some ways are just insulting to think that someone would try to pawn this crap off as believable news. The Asian bloggers must have gotten a big laugh out of how easy it is to fool some in the Mac Press who are all too eager to eat anything up that has an Apple logo on it. On this point, I was laughing along with them.


If Apple ever released crap that even remotely looked like the photos released in a report this week, then clearly Jony Ive, Tim Cook and company would be the laughing stock of the industry and lose all credibility for meticulously caring about design.


So rightly or wrongly – I'll go on record as calling these make-believe photos as nothing but pure junk, plain and simple. What are your thoughts on this? Send in your comments.


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Jack Purcher

Thanks for your comment James. But C'mon, do you really think that Apple would have an ugly flaming red iPhone? or how about that horrendous puke green. Yes, Apple may go with colors like we pointed out in the iPod touch scheme of things. But those particular colors are just too over the top.



Well I think the real deal will certainly look much better in person, versus these crappy "leak" photos. I do happen to think the color palette will align much more closely to those on the iPod Touch or even the new color palette in iOS 7. But again, it could just be an overexposed crappy picture thats at fault.

I'll reserve judgement until we see actual press shots of the new phone from Apple. But I do think these will be fairly representative of the direction Apple heads for this (apparently named) iPhone 5C


Hi Jack,

I know there's nothing wrong with some color, as I mentioned a few times in my article. I also know that while the focus of this article is to discuss the validity of the leaked images, I was merely commenting on a specific part of it, which itself has different meanings.

ali irani-tehrani

isn't it just as likely that these are iPod Touch clones? The Chinese have been making such clones ever since the product was released.


I agree with you on the FCC one - and they others is one of the worst picture I've seen but I think they Might be genuine - at least of a prototype they are considering - the black apple logo is now being used on the new airport and base stations.

Jack Purcher

Hi Akshay, thanks for your comment and link to your report.

Let me clarify. Whether an "iPhone lite" ends up being sold in a single color or in multiple colors is of no concern.

I'm objecting to the two photo's being real in the first place and stating that Apple would never choose such horrendous colors as presented.

There's nothing wrong in a splash of color.


"And the colors presented - ha! - clearly horrendous if not repulsive."

Interesting thought. But should Apple make iPhones in multiple colors? Can they?

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