A lot of reputable websites have been fooled by the same fake leaker into spreading a lot of new “inside” information about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Ultra and the next version of its iPhone software, iOS 17.
This week, there were a lot of stories that said they knew what changes were coming to iOS 17, the iPhone 15, and even Apple VR.
It started earlier this week when stories started coming out about big changes that would be made to iOS 17. The next version of Apple’s iPhone software probably won’t have many changes to how it looks, but there may be some changes to the Music app, Mail, Reminders, Files, and the Find-My App.
This build of iOS 17 also mentions Apple VR and a new iPhone 15 with a Dynamic Island, just like Apple’s best phone right now, the iPhone 14 Pro, as well as faster USB-C transfer speeds, which is perhaps more interesting. The iPhone 15 “Ultra” would also be better than the smaller iPhone 15 Pro in other ways, like having a faster chip. All of this sounds great, but there’s one problem. All of it is fake.
Everything you’ve read or heard this week has come from a single source: LeaksApplePro at HowToiSolve, which is widely believed to be a fake account with no history of leaking accurate inside information about Apple’s plans. In fact, it is widely derided for relying on assumptions, half-truths, and outright fabrications.
Everything that has been leaked this week makes sense, which helps, but a quick look at LeaksApplePro’s other work reveals a poor track record. The same source stated (opens in new tab) less than two weeks ago that Apple would release the new M2 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro and new Mac mini in March, and that the release would be an event rather than a press release. Two days later, the company announced both in a press release.
The same source predicted the same Mac mini, MacBook Pro, new Mac Pro, and new Pro Display XDR would be released by Apple at an event in November on October 30.
Furthermore, the account has previously made unfounded claims, such as that the iPhone 14 would include Touch ID via an under-the-screen fingerprint reader and that the new Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max wouldn’t add anything new to the experience, despite claiming a source had “hands-on time” with both.
There have been far too many accidental, malicious, and false leaks to list here.
Older posts from the account are even more outrageous. Specifically, in 2020, Leaks sent out a series of tweets ApplePro claims he faked being present at Apple Park during the filming of the iPhone 12 event in order to live tweet leaks. He said that Apple Card was coming to Spain, Germany, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Canada, India, and Australia, revealing an even greater lack of insight by not referring to some of the market as “UK,” and that Phil Schiller would return for the event. Tim Cook asked everyone to leave the Steve Jobs theatre because “I was unveiling everything,” putting an abrupt end to the leaks. You can have “things that didn’t happen” for 500, Alex.
My absolute favorite LeaksApplePro moment is the time he pretended to be inside Apple Park while they were filming the iPhone 12 event, and that Tim Cook threw everyone out because he was live tweeting it https://t.co/1To2ECLjNR pic.twitter.com/8EfkjaINuwJanuary 26, 2023
But don’t take our word for it; Vadim Yuryev of Max Tech tweeted on Thursday, “The guy is just speculating while claiming they’re legit leaks and he knows everything.” As soon as I brought it to his attention, he became angry and began to actively avoid me. According to Appleosophy’s Holden Satterwhite, LeaksApplePro was “the first to be on their banned sources list” and they “came to the same conclusion a few years ago.”
On Thursday night, the world’s most well-known Apple insider, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, took to Twitter to “Be wary of any iOS 17-related articles you read today. The entirety of it is based on the fabricated claims of a troll account. Extremely astonished to see trusted media outlets reporting on it.” Indeed, Mark, we share your sentiments.
As Gurman pointed out last year, LeaksApplePro was a “completely made up ‘leaker,'” and “making up information and lying in the Apple space became popular over 2020 when people were stuck at home, but it’s thankfully calmed down.” Perhaps things haven’t settled down enough just yet.
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