A bunch of new “inside” information about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Ultra and the next iteration of its iPhone software, iOS 17, has been making the rounds on a number of reputable websites, all of which have been duped by the same fake leaker.
A plethora of stories have been released this week, purporting to reveal some of the changes coming with iOS 17 iPhone 15and even information about Apple VR.
It started earlier this week when stories surfaced about major changes coming to iOS 17. Apparently, Apple’s next version of its iPhone software won’t feature many visual changes, but tweaks to the Music app, Mail, Reminders, Files, and more may include the Find My app.
Interestingly, this build of iOS 17 also contains references to Apple VR and references to a new iPhone 15 that will include that Dynamic Islandjust like Apple’s current ones best iPhonethe iPhone 14 pro, as well as improved USB-C transfer speeds. The iPhone 15 “Ultra” would also feature other improvements over the smaller iPhone 15 Pro, including a faster chip. It all sounds huge, but there’s just one problem. It’s all fake.
All of the coverage you’ve seen this week comes from information from one source, LeaksApplePro at HowToiSolve (opens in new tab), which is widely understood by the Apple community to be a completely fake account that has no track record of leaking accurate inside information about Apple’s plans. In fact, it is notorious for making up information, or for regurgitating and repeating information that already exists, and for making assumptions.
Everything that has been leaked this week is plausible and lends some credence, but a quick look at LeaksApplePro’s other work reveals a dismal track record. Less than two weeks ago the same source claims (opens in new tab) Apple would release its new M2 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in March alongside a new Mac mini, specifically stating that this would be an event, not a press release. The company presented both two days later in a press release.
However, on October 30, the same source claimed that “if it weren’t obvious, there’s a November event coming up” where Apple would re-release the same Mac mini, MacBook Pro Mac Proand a new Pro Display XDR.
The account has also previously falsely claimed that the iPhone 14 would feature an under-screen fingerprint reader via Touch ID and that the new Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would not add anything new to the experience, despite claiming a source I’ve had “practical time” with both of them. To cite just a few examples from a portfolio of flawed, malicious, and fake leaks too numerous to count.
The account’s older work is even more outrageous. In particular one a series of tweets in 2020 saw LeaksApplePro claim he was in Apple Park when Apple filmed him iphone 12 Event pretending to see live tweet leaks while filming was taking place. He claimed that Phil Schiller would be returning for the event, that Apple would be showing a “One More Thing” product based on its AirPower wireless charger, that the iPhone 12 would have rounded edges and that the Apple Card would go to Spain, Germany, France , England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Canada, India and Australia, revealing a further lack of insight by not labeling part of the market as “UK”. Unfortunately, the leaks stopped abruptly after Tim Cook asked everyone to leave the Steve Jobs theater because “I was revealing everything.” I’ll take things that didn’t happen for 500, Alex.
My absolute favorite LeaksApplePro moment is the time he pretended to be at Apple Park while they were filming the iPhone 12 event and Tim Cook kicked everyone out for live tweeting it https://t.co/1To2ECLjNR pic .twitter. com/8EfkjaINuwJanuary 26, 2023
But don’t just take our word for it. “The guy is just speculating while claiming that these are real leaks and he knows everything,” says Max Tech’s Vadim Yuryev tweeted Thursday. “I pointed this out to him and he got upset about it and blocked me everywhere.” Appleosophy Holden Satterwhite said they “came to the same conclusion a couple of years ago” and that LeaksApplePro was “the first thing on their list of blocked sources.”
Finally, the world’s top Apple insider, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, took to Twitter on Thursday evening Notice “Beware of all the stories you read about iOS 17 today. They are entirely based on a troll account known for fabricating fake information. Very surprised by reputable sites reporting it.” Yes, so are we, Mark.
Gurman drew attention to the same fact last year, noting that LeaksApplePro is a “completely fabricated ‘leaker’,” noting that “information fabrication and lies became popular in the Apple space throughout 2020 as people to Stuck at home, but luckily it’s calmed down.” Maybe it hasn’t calmed down enough yet.