An image posted by Twitter user @mornray886 claming to be the iPhone 6.
The Australian teenager who unveils Apple products on his website before the tech giant does may have been conned with his latest leak.
Sonny Dickson, from Victoria, published pictures on his website on Thursday morning that purported to be of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. At roughly the same time, similar pictures and others were also posted online by @mornray886 on Twitter.
Mr Dickson's pictures showed only the purported iPhone 6's casing, while @mornray886's photographs went further and showed what the front of the iPhone 6 would look like.
One of the pictures Dickson posted and, inset, Dickson.
Following the publication of the photos, many news outlets and blogs reported on the leak. But since then, eagle-eyed iPhone news watchers have pointed to flaws in the images.
A number of readers on Apple rumour site MacRumours, for example, said they believed the images to be fake because of repeated details such as screen scratches, and wrong type fonts.
In particular, the smudges on the device's screen appearing in the images tweeted by @mornray886 look to have been copied from 3D renderings by Netherlands-based graphics artist Martin Hajek, who likes to visualise yet-to-be-released products. In a side-by-side comparison, identical smudges are shown.
An image posted on Reddit suggesting the latest round of iPhone "leaks" were faked.
Contacted by Fairfax Media on Friday, Mr Dickson was reluctant to talk about the images published on his website, claiming they were posted by his staff and not him. He was now only interested in talking about car maker Audi and its upcoming vehicles.
Despite this, Mr Dickson told MacRumors they were initially shared with him by someone in China who claimed the images showed the "iPhone 6". MacRumors said Mr Dickson shared some of the same images as @mornray886.
A post accompanying the images on Mr Dickson's site under his name said: "I'm not 100 per cent sure this is the real back housing, but I'll be updating it as I get more information regarding it".
The post also said the iPhone 6's screen would be bigger and the design would be like a "cross between the current iPad Air and the iPod Touch". The 6 would also be thinner than the iPhone 5s, the post said.
Meanwhile, The Register reports Tokyo-based blogger Yoppy is already queuing for the iPhone 6. If he stays in line he could be in for a long wait: based on past launches, the next iPhone is likely to come out in September.