iPhone 6 Android clone (TMZ 003)

As per usual, there’s no shortage of iPhone 6 clones. Virtually each and every one of them classes as a plasticky Chinese knock-off — though, quite frankly, some are in fact elaborate. Anyone can order an iPhone 6 clone online, with prices starting as low as $100.

It goes without saying that these laughable devices, based on a truckload of iPhone 6 rumors, typically run Android and sport a user interface skin that does a bad job mimicking iOS 7 aesthetics.

Though not fooling bloggers, the iPhone 6 clones have proved themselves too tempting a target for linkbait outlets such as TMZ. The infamous celebrity news and gossip website is now notoriously jumping on the opportunity to troll the nation by offering an Android-based iPhone 6 lookalike as the real thing.

And guess what? CNBC fell for it!

The images in this article were posted earlier today by TMZ.

In order to make the story more believable, the gossip website quite vehemently claims the images it “exclusively” obtained show off an iPhone 6 device that was “smuggled out of a Foxconn factory in China.”


iPhone 6 Android clone (TMZ 002)

Enter CNBC.

The broadcaster immediately ran a story headlined as ‘The best iPhone 6 photo leak yet’ and promoted on the its Twitter channel. “New photos have surfaced of what may be Apple’s iPhone 6,” reads CNBC’s SEO-optimized post on Twitter.

An excerpt from CNBC’s report:

What may be the clearest pictures yet of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 6 emerged on Friday—from, of all places, the Hollywood gossip website TMZ.

TMZ did not make clear who the person was who now holds the phone, or whether Apple had responded in any way to the leak

TMZ’s purported iPhone 6 shots couldn’t be farther from the real thing.

Setting aside for a moment the fact that no iPhone model has ever been smuggled out of Foxconn plants, the shots clearly picture an Android-driven device with a bad iOS 7 mockup.

iPhone 6 Android clone (TMZ 001)

A lot of things here scream fake.

For instance, the new iOS 8 Health app is nowhere to be seen. The fonts also don’t look right, especially on the Calendar icon, and you’d expect them to at least feature the iOS 8 Home screen layout which Apple uses on its own iOS 8 homepage.

And here’s an elaborate iPhone 5s clone, dubbed the Goophone.

Goophone (iphone 5s, image 003)

I wrote about other iPhone 6 clones in this article.

iPhone 6 knockoffs have been around for months now and it’s bewildering and mind-blowing at the same time that established outlets such as CNBC would fall for the obvious hoax, without as much as providing standard disclaimer (the pinch of salt and everything) as to the legitimacy of the photos.

Bad reporting, indeed.

  • Haha Mainstream news, so gullible.

    • They aren’t gullable. They know they’re fake but run the story anyway because of “OMG iPhone 6, such clickbait, much money from advertisments”

      • Im mean them in general. Not just this incident.

  • A’s Network

    CNBC is stupid for believing this lol

  • Thanh

    I am from the future and I can confirm that the next coming iPhone will have a touch screen and a home button along with an included battery.

    • Der Faust

      i am also from the future…..and i was told by reliable sources that it would also be able to make phone calls…..without wires!…..

      • Thanh

        Wow! Wireless technology?

      • Der Faust

        i know right?…. i am freaking out 😛 🙂

      • Der Faust

        i also heard that it’s going to a revolutionary mobile phone, a wide screen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device!

      • And these are not three separate devices, this is one device 🙂

      • Der Faust

        I will have rounded corners

      • Jonathan

        Well, someone’s from the past…

      • Rowan09

        Hey guys I need the numbers for lotto as well please.

      • Thanh

        696969 🙂

      • Rowan09

        When I win, I’ll have something for you.

      • Der Faust


    • Congratulations. You’ve been hired to be our new analyst!

      • Thanh

        When do I start working? lol

      • Today! Our old Analyst couldn’t even predict the color of a brown paper bag…

      • Thanh

        Maybe he’s color blind 😛

      • I knew you had talent.

    • Jerry

      I came from the year 9595 to save the great, great, great, great grandfather of Goblox, the future leader of the turkey rebellion against the Master Chickens.

      • Der Faust

        Chicken tastes guuuud….

  • The clone could at least ship with a non protruding camera lens.

  • Steven Code

    TMZ how much I hate you guys but this was well played

  • Lol

    Only Americans can be this dumb.

    • Der Faust

      ….only media could be this dumb :)…. leave americans out of it 🙂


    • Thanh

      It’s like saying every Asian is chinky and every Muslim is a terrorist. Racist.

  • sloanq

    iPhone 6 Clones : Trolling the Nation

  • Jason Baroni

    All I can say is attached to this comment.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    People are so hungry for the next iPhone. Keep calm don’t snack you’ll spoil your dinner.

  • Abdul

    The 5s is way way sexier than the so called iphone 6

    • M_thoroughbred

      And you know this because?????

      • Abdul

        Aahh because of leaks and rumors all over the internet!!

      • He means just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it isn’t sexy.

  • therealjjohnson

    But…that is technically a photo leak. that is a mock up, much like all the ones on this site of what it probably will look like. The clone took all the leaks from this site and others and built it. I didnt see them claim this was made by apple…at least not in whats posted above.So…its probably going to look like that and for mainstream people it actually maybe the closet look of what the iphone 6 will look like.

  • nazcorp

    Wow Christian. Really? You are basically writing a pompous article putting down another media outlet on them writing an article based on a source? And then saying how perfect you are, always getting things right. And calling it bad reporting?

  • Kenn Marks

    Not only CNBC but Fox Business News @MelissaAFrancis fell head over heels for the hoax to the point of having a panel discussion with other duped tech reporters. So much for detailed research associates.

  • Tom

    I knew they werent real