First photo from iPhone 5 potentially posted by Apple engineer

Apple engineers haven't had the best of luck lately. After one left their phone in a San Francisco bar, another has now posted a photo to his Flickr account that evidence suggests came from the new iPhone. Although the original photo has now been pulled, Pocketnow.com managed to grab the original beforehand. EXIF data shows the phone it was taken on was indeed an iPhone, but digging deeper reveals a few key differences.

So, what can we find out from this delicious-looking picture of someone's lunch? For a start, Apple takes good care of their engineers. Another thing we can see is that it's clearly been cropped first, as iPhone photos don't come out almost-square. Going by the original, it was cropped to 2235x2291 (5.12 megapixels), down from a much larger 3264x2448. Those quick on their maths (or those who read this article's excerpt) will see that it equates to roughly eight megapixels - lining up with some of the rumours floating around that the iPhone 5 will have an eight-megapixel camera.

The lens itself is recorded in the EXIF data as a 4.3mm lens with an F-stop of 2.4 (for comparison's sake, the iPhone 4 has a 3.85mm f/2.8). Apple made a conscious effort in the iPhone 4's marketing to draw attention to the new camera, so Apple definitely considers taking high-quality photos on the go to be a key selling point. The only question now is how reliable the image data is, as this wouldn't be the first time someone faked a photo's EXIF data. Either way, the fact that it came from an employee's phone gives this leak more credibility than the usual "heard-it-from-my-uncle's-daughter's-husband" story.

Image credit: Pocketnow.com

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Cheap way to advertise upcoming iPhone 5.

Sure they will have camera button finally. This is the new and innovation from Apple Lab. Compare to other competitors, Apple has a better solution.

Stop the press an 8 Mp camera!!! Much like what I've had on WP7 for about a year now (dedicated camera button as well). But I'm sure at the fan boy release it will be dubbed "new and inovative".

Denis W said,
Mmmm. Sushi.

Yeah, you must be hungry and tired from closing all those polls and forums.

wait a minute! I can almost make out the iPhone 5 in the reflection on the sides of the sushi plate. Where is CSI when you need them to enhance a bunch of pixels to a high resolution image?

djdanster said,
Wow! Assuming it's not been edited in photoshop, that photo quality is very good!

Lighting is everything.

Thank god he didn't took that pic like some guys take with iPhones.
Posing in front of the mirror, while flexing biceps.

rakeshishere said,
Misleading Title as always

How is it misleading? It says exactly what it is, photo FROM and iPhone, easy enough to understand if you actually read it.

HawkMan said,

How is it misleading? It says exactly what it is, photo FROM and iPhone, easy enough to understand if you actually read it.

The original title was "First iPhone 5 Photo Potentially Posted by Apple Engineer". It has since been changed.

HawkMan said,

How is it misleading? It says exactly what it is, photo FROM and iPhone, easy enough to understand if you actually read it.

You have to understand that most people can't comprehend if titles aren't written in 2nd grade English... See Spot...See spot run... run spot run. Apparently people don't know the meaning of "from", as in, it came FROM something...you came from your parents...does that mean you ARE your parents?

SpyderCanopus said,
Tricky headline. Thought for sure we were about to see the first photo OF the iphone 5. Not BY it.
yeah, mean >.<

SpyderCanopus said,
Tricky headline. Thought for sure we were about to see the first photo OF the iphone 5. Not BY it.

Agreed, maybe 'First photo taken with iPhone 5 taken...' would be better.

Chasethebase said,

Agreed, maybe 'First photo taken with iPhone 5 taken...' would be better.


Would be more accurate, but would receive fewer clicks.