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Is this the Apple iPhone?

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Those kids at Engadget are amazing. (Well, this time, maybe it’s their connections that are amazing.) The Mac community is known for having a cult of mock-up products — fan art disguised as a new Mac product or advertisement. Sometimes it’s completely clear that it’s a fake. Sometimes the lines of reality are blurred a bit until we see what Apple releases later in the year.

For a few years now the Internet has been buzzing with rumors of the possibility of an Apple branded phone. The rumors have been getting stronger lately. Yesterday, Engadget posted this photo of an advertisement for the new phone. Sure it’s grainy and I’m sure given Photoshop and this schematic, someone with a bit of talent can whip this up in a few hours. But something makes me think this might not be faked. The image of the phone looks sorta real. The ad itself is classic Apple. If this is indeed a fake, the Apple advertisers in Cupertino need to call that man and give him a job.

Many are saying that the phone is nothing more than someone taking the Apple Front Row remote control and photoshopping it by adding a screen and buttons. Well, we’ll find out at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple holds the WWDC each year as a gathering of developers and where Apple assists developers in working with OS 10 and occasionally releases upgrades or makes new announcements. The conference is schedule to begin on Monday (August 7). At the conference, most are anticipating the announcement of an Intel Core2Duo-based PowerMac (perhaps renamed the “MacPro”?) There have also been rumors of a revised iPod (but I’m thinking they’d hold on to that until later in the year.) Now I’m hearing more and more about this phone. Continue reading ‘Is this the Apple iPhone?’