Obviously fake iPhone 6SE packaging photos are circulating around the Internet

By , Aug 24, 2016

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Some reputable outlets are running supposed photographs of the supposed packaging for Apple’s supposed ‘iPhone 6SE’ smartphone—despite the fact that the images have been identified as poorly faked Photoshop mockups. The understandable excitement around those obviously doctored shots stems from a very sketchy post by German blog Apfelpage.de.

Earlier in the summer, that outlet made unsubstantiated claims that Apple might market the iPhone 7 under the ‘iPhone 6SE’ moniker or perhaps release an updated iPhone SE with iPhone 6-style design, neither of which makes any sense to me.

Lo and behold, fake iPhone 6SE packaging

As seen top of post, you only need to enlarge the suspicious-looking photos of the supposed retail box to realize that the “6” has been tampered with and that the “6” and “SE” appear misaligned. Those unmistakably doctored photos were obtained from an unnamed source in China by Dutch blog TechTastic.nl.

Additional images from Priceraja can be seen below.

Unlike TechTastic’s images, Priceraja’s images would have us believe that the pictured iPhone 6SE packaging is for a version of the device with 64 gigabytes of storage. Unfortunately, the back of the supposed product box is conveniently too blurry to make out any unique product identifiers.

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Again, these photos are obviously faked in Photoshop.

Even respected leakster Steve Hemmerstoffer, who runs French blog NowhereElse, debunked them publicly, writing on his @OnLeaks Twitter handle that one of his followers actually created those mockups “weeks ago”.

And last but not least, “iPhone 6SE” is quite a mouthful. Did anyone in their right mind expect Apple to market a handset under such a moniker?

What’s next for iPhone SE?

Despite being fake, the images do beg the question of the iPhone SE’s future.

I tend to agree with iMore’s Rene Ritchie, who speculated in a Medium post that Apple’s rumored bezel-less 2017 iPhone with a wraparound screen could permit them to actually engineer a 4.7-inch handset that feels in your hand like a four-inch iPhone SE.

Is the iPhone SE on the same annual release schedule as the rest of the iPhone lineup? Was it just a one-off upgrade to the four-inch iPhone family? Will we ever see a refreshed edition of the iPhone SE anytime soon, do you think?

Post your observations and thoughts down in the comments.

Source: TechTastic.nl (Google Translate), Priceraja

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  • Srv Rungta

    personally i think that Apple WILL, in fact call this year’s phone the iPhone 6 SE and iPhone 6 SE Plus
    i know, quite a mouthful, but given that the design hasn’t changed much this year and with the introduction of iPhone SE earlier this year, this scenario is looking more and more likely!

    • sun

      I have to agree with you. It just makes sense to me.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        I agree with both of you

      • Loyo Media

        I agree with three of you

      • Bugs Bunnay

        I don’t agree wit none ya!

      • Mathew Ledbetter

        i agree with you

      • Bill

        Let’s agree to disagree.

    • Virus

      I hope so cause I don’t want a ‘S’ model as the 10th Anniversary iPhone

      • Bill

        What difference would that make?

      • therealjjohnson

        None. This made up significance is sillly.

      • Virus

        A complete redesign I don’t like having a phone that looks like last years model

      • Bill

        You’ll buy a new one regardless. If not this one, next year’s. You know, I bought an SE. Classic good looks, brand new specs.

        It’s just a damn phone though. I can’t believe this conversation is even happening. Oh, Asteroid, won’t you please come and wipe out our planet already?

      • Right, So many babier complaining on how the out side looks, You gonna look at for a small percentage of time then just use it for what it is.. a phone..

      • Get a new case…

    • You’re wrong. SE and flagship models are different story.

  • pnh

    i only get my Apple news from reliable sources.

    • Iskren Donev

      All those classic iOS icons make me want to use my iPhone 3GS again 😀

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Yeah, it’s amazing to look back at the Steve Jobs era.

  • Iskren Donev

    I don’t know about what the next iPhone will be called, but I for one would love to see the 4″ form factor live on. i have handled the 4.7″ and 5.5″ models and they are simply too uncomfortable for me. Every time I try to tap something higher up while holding the phone with the same hand, I get the feeling that the phone is about to fall off my hand.

    So I’m all for 4″ phones, I’m even rooting for a 4″ phone that has the physical dimensions of an iPhone 4 (meaning more screen less bezel).

    • Scott Curry

      I’m right there with you. Not only do I despise the size of the 6 and 6+, but also absolutely abhor the rounded edges. The iPhone 5, 5s, and SE feel sexy in my hand and my hand contours around it just perfectly.

      In reality…I was just pissed they went to rounded edges. I would love to have a slightly larger screen but KEEP the clean lines and squared edges.

      • Iskren Donev

        As far as I know the rounded edges were made due to the fact that iOS 7+ has edge gestures and having something rounder would make these gestures feel more natural. That said, I completely agree with you – iPhone 5’s design is definitely superior to iPhone 6.

  • Y2J

    I went from a 5s to a 6s and loved it but ended up switching to a 6s+ and now I think the 4.7 is too small and I can’t even imagine going back to a 4 incher. I would love it if there was less bezel though, and if it kinda got back to the 5/5s square design

  • n0ahcruz3

    Looks legit to me lol

  • David Pomerleau

    Would love a 4″ screen w rounded iPhone 6 like body.

  • ridonkulous

    Well no matter what/if something comes out before the 7, looks like my 6s will be my last iPhone. Removal of headphone jack is the deal breaker for me……

    • John Smith

      No need to upgrade though. The 6S is one powerful SOB. You could start modding it (black matte aluminum, gold buttons, backlit Apple logo, like I did for starters), and live it out until Apple ambiguously drops support. THEN you can finally move on if Apple hasn’t brought back the necessity of the headphone jack (or if the market has moved forward to USB-C or lightning headphones).

      I stuck with my Mid 2012 Macbook Pro( swapped with 480GB SSD, 16GB Crucial RAM) for the same reason. Apple removed one of my most used features, the Optical Disc Drive, as well as slowly ridding of the SD card slot (I always copy family photos from my mom’s camera to my laptop to edit). If Apple drops support for my Macbook (which might be in 2 years), I’ll just simply find alternative means of getting the latest version to run.

      And to emphasize the discomfort from the user base, I work at a Target in the mall and a woman came by with her JUST BOUGHT Macbook from the Apple Store, looking for a usb to usb-c adapter. We were out, and she got angry and decided to return it. I told her about the 2012 model, but she said it wasn’t worth ordering an outdated model.

      For the forwards-thinking tech guy, it will be no problem since you can join the hype train and see where the tech market takes you. For the average consumer who has adjusted to the “it just works” philosophy of Apple, adjusting to the “you need this and this and this to make it work” puts people off from investing in new tech.

  • The letters SE in the box are too big. That’s one thing I noticed.