An alleged hands-on video with the forthcoming iPhone 9 / iPhone SE 2, currently doing the rounds on social media, is highly likely to be fake.
The clip, shared to the short-form video-sharing site TikTok this week, claims to show a design that resembles the iPhone 7, with a squarer body akin to the old iPhone SE.
It gained traction and has since been shared on Twitter by tech watcher Stefan Constantine, who posts under the handle @WhatTheBit.
In reality, it looks to be a custom mock-up (and a sloppy one at that) based upon the rumours we’ve seen thus far and, as 9to5Mac points out, is probably running a skinned version of Android.
The site also makes the point that the model would feature a “Proprietary and Confidential” warning on the lock screen, if it were a legitimately leaked prototype device from Apple.
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For what it’s worth, this is the first iPhone rumour to come to prominence via the TikTok platform. That probably explains why such an obvious fake has gained such traction. Even the Twitter post has been met with some backlash from the user who sent it.
As for the iPhone 9’s actual release, reports this week floated the idea of a launch event at the end of March, with a release in the first week of April.
The report says it has knowledge from sources directly related to Apple, but equally it could just as easily be guesswork from the site. Apple has held an event in March for the last four years now, and the iPhone 9 has been tipped for this March by in-the-know reporters and analysts for a number of months now.