I woke up this morning to news from MacRumors that the first digital images taken with an Apple iPhone appear to have appeared on the web.
The legend goes — so far — someone did a Google search on “taken with an Apple iPhone” and that search led them to a public Flickr account with these two images:
I think the image of “Toast Guy” is pretty biting good for a camera phone.
The next image, some feel, is a still taken from a video captured by the iPhone.
As soon as these images were made public, the Flickr images were made private and then removed from the web.
That Flickr account was somehow tied back to an Apple iPhone Product Manager — some feel the “Toast Guy” image was taken at BJ’s Restaurant
next to the Apple campus in Cupertino.
I know the Mac version of the Flickr upload program makes all images
public by default and if you make your images private that setting does
not carry over from session to session.
Or is there a Flickr upload feature built into the Apple iPhone?
Here’s a link to the original 2MP — 1600 x 1200 — image of “Toast Guy”
so you can download it and examine the image with your own naked eye.
This is what “Get Info” returns when I perform a Right-Click on the
original image from my Mac desktop. The file information linking the
image to an Apple iPhone can be faked — but was it?
these real images from an Apple iPhone?
Does it matter?
Is this just a clever ploy by Apple to get some excited free publicity?
Or was this a careless mistake by an Apple employee?
If these images are genuine, and their release was not approved by
Apple — should the person who posted these images on the web be fired
— or celebrated?
Will you be purchasing an iPhone when it is released?
I’m buying two Apple iPhones the nanosecond they are available
for purchase because the iPhone will be the first phone to become a
true multifunction communication and publication device with a glorious
aesthetic provenance that I find delightful and appealing.
Plus, I have my own toast celebration needs to fulfill!