TUAW presents to you the best of the obviously fake device shots we've seen in the last couple of weeks. On occasion they're beautiful renderings that are worth a second glance, other times they're out of focus shots that tipsters swear were taken quickly at a meeting on the Apple campus. In any case, they're a lot of fun.
Let's begin with this gem from the French blog Le Journal du Geek. In a post titled "Encore un peu de MacBook Touch?
" ("Again a little MacBook Touch?"), we see what looks like a page from an Apple website:
This fake is fabulous! It shows the device being about the size of what everyone would like to see, with about a 10" diagonal display. They give it a plausible name instead of the lame "iPad" moniker, the power button is located away from the middle of the device, and the faux photos show it being used with a dock, as a music keyboard in GarageBand, and flipping from landscape to portrait. Very cool, and they even endow the MacBook touch with drool-worthy specs on the website.
provides us with a teaser shot of some sort of über-iPhone:
MagSafe charging port? Check. USB port? Ditto. Audio line in/out ports? Affirmative. Reflections below the mockups? You betcha! I don't see an iSight on the front for doing those 4G / Wi-Fi video calls on the Verizon network, but you can't win 'em all.
The next entry has actually been around for months (posted in February on Flickr
, then appeared on WiReD.com) but it's so cheesy I just can't keep myself from posting it:
Somehow, I just don't see Steve Jobs letting a device with room for 86 or more icons out the door... The guy who put this together has a knack for photoshopping bizarre photos, and this is one of the best joke "iTablets" I've seen simply because it is so absurd.
Another French tech website, Nowhereelse.fr
, featured a post with an amazingly good looking fake:
There's only one big issue here -- they seem to be mixing their metaphors. The device looks like a big iPhone, has a button in the middle of the bottom bezel like an iPhone, but it's running what appears to be a stock version of Mac OS X 10.5? Nahhhh. We've got to give this one a "magnifique" for the effort put into it, but a "merde" when it comes to reality.
As our closer for this week, here's a full frontal shot! Uh, not that kind of full frontal shot. We received an email with not just one
photo of an alleged iPod touch with two cameras -- the regular rear camera and a "frontal cam" -- but a whopping three
photos. I love the shiny case on this iPod touch, complete with scratches, since it adds a genuine touch to the photo.
If you happen to come across any good faux photos of iTablets / iPads, iPod touches, AppleTV replacements, a levitating iMac, or anything else you can think of, send it our way. In fact, if you send us a good obvious fake, we may end up posting it here. Let us know about your favorite photo here
, and we'll contact you to tell you how to send us your picture.