A photo uploaded on Flickr, supposedly taken by an Apple engineer at Cupertino, could be the first “leaked” image taken with an iPhone 5. Pocketnow.com, a website focusing on smartphones, discovered the photo while browsing Flickr looking for images taken with the new iPhone 5. ArsTechnica also commented on the find, considering the leak plausible enough.
According to the GPS data contained in the photo (which, of course, could also be forged) and the info on the Flickr profile, the photo was uploaded by an engineer at Cupertino this July, during lunch. Soon after the news about the leaked photo started spreading, the guy removed the photo from public viewing.
While the EXIF of the photo lists the camera as an iPhone 4, the pixel dimensions of the photo (2291 x 2235) don’t match those of the current iPhone 4 (2592 x 1936). According to the EXIF data, the photo was also cropped from an original resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, or 8MP.
Other interesting data in the EXIF include:
- Maximum aperture: f/2.4 (current iPhone 4 maximum aperture is f/2.8)
- Focal length:4.28mm (current iPhone 4 focal length is 3.85mm)
ArsTechnica goes on with an analysis of the EXIF and a comparison with photos taken with current generation smartphones equipped with 8MP sensors, concluding that that new iPhone might offer little improvements over the current iPhone 4 camera, especially in terms of noise reduction.
Whether this leak is an hoax or not, the iPhone 5 is expected to launch in the next months, possibly as early as October. In fact, while details on the device are scarce, according to the latest reports, suppliers are already manufacturing the iPhone 5 components at full speed, with 150,000 units being assembled each day.
This fall will also see the release of iOS 5, which will be compatible also with current generation iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.