Chinese “iPhone 7 manufacturers” do like to have a bit of fun at Apple’s expense on occasion. To suggest that any of the makers of these phones that predate actual releases by Apple and others actually think they are fooling anyone would be folly. While this picture of an iPhone 7 “Designed By Taiwan” and “Made In China” does look good, and does feature a dual-lens camera, at the end of the day it’s running Android and surely isn’t trying to wear iPhone 7 clothes.

Fake iPhone 7 Launched In China Before Official Release

Some ridiculous ambitions, rumors and nonsense for this iPhone 7

When you spend as much time as I do covering ridiculous rumors, reasonable speculation about what to expect from the tight-lipped Apple ahead of a formal unveiling of a new product, these reports are actually quite fun. While Apple hasn’t, you knew they wouldn’t, actually confirmed that their was and iPhone 7 set to be introduced this company just went straight ahead and made one anyways. The picture came from iPhone leakster Sonny Dickson and the photo does show a very sexy device months ahead of any release from Apple.

The, very much fake, iPhone 7 is replete with a pink-gold metal case that even sports the Apple logo in addition to boasting a backside dual-lens camera that Apple is expected to announce in September either under the iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 Pro name, or potentially both.

And again, it’s clearly not going to fool anyone but the most gullible as it runs Android Lollipop, and we all know that Apple phone have always run some version of iOS and that is unlikely to change anytime in the near future.

While Google is happy to license Android to a bevy of producers of Android phones that make up over 80% of the market, Apple swings the exact opposite way and will never open up iOS or run Android. Perhaps, “never say never” should be embraced but foreseeable future or even my lifetime feels a pretty safe bet.

It must be fun for these handset makers where they risk no lawsuits, or jail time by producing these obvious bogus contraptions.

iPhone 7 isn’t expected to impress

Outside of the Apple Watch, the Cupertino, CA-based company hasn’t released a new product since the death of former CEO Steve Jobs, but rather it has simply discontinued certain products while merely upgrading existing products. This, could of course, change at any given time but its not quite time according to most experts. It’s likely Apple will skip right ahead to the iPhone 8 next year and that is largely expected to be a game changer, but few have high hopes for the iPhone 7 that isn’t expected to offer much more than the iPhone 6S.

Many are, however, calling for Apple to introduce a Siri-based stand-alone speaker sometime next year to compete with Amazon’s Echo and Tap that use Alexa, and Google’s announced but not released Google Home speaker that will run Google Now.

The iPhone 7 “clone” that we were speaking to earlier, does have an 3.5 mm headphone jack that experts are split down the middle as to whether we will see it with the iPhone 7.

And, of course, we’ll have to wait to see if the iPhone 7 has a dual-lens camera, but the pictures brightened my day a bit and I do appreciate “Taiwan’s” efforts.

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