New research suggests the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 and iPhone 5S were all in fact iPhone 5Cs, and that the iPhone 6 Plus was in reality an iPhone 5.Read more“iPhone 5C is not the same as the iPhone 4S, according to new evidence from a forensic analysis of the device, a US legal expert has said.
The new analysis, presented at a conference in Las Vegas on Monday, showed that while the iPhone and iPhone 4 were actually one phone, there was a difference in functionality.
The analysis by US-based computer science professor Alan Lee, who previously investigated the phone, shows the iPhone’s physical buttons and power buttons were swapped in the design of the iPhone5C.
It also suggests the phone had a ‘different function’ and that some features were swapped out to make it easier for Apple to access the phone’s internal storage.
Mr Lee said while he had seen some evidence suggesting the iPhone was a fake, it was also possible the iPhone had been manufactured with parts from other phones.
“I’ve seen a lot of the same sort of stuff in a lot, many, many phones that were sold, many iPhones sold in the past,” Mr Lee said.
“So I think you’re seeing a lot that’s a little bit inconsistent with what the manufacturer has said and what Apple has said, but the phone itself is not a fake.”
He said he was sceptical about the possibility of the Samsung phone being a genuine iPhone.
“It’s a possibility, but I don’t think there’s any evidence that they have done anything like this,” he said.”[But] there are a lot things that Apple says are different, so I would be very hesitant to jump to that conclusion.”
The research, conducted by Dr Lee at the University of Michigan, used an advanced machine-learning technique called latent classification to compare the fingerprints and the phone model’s serial numbers to data in the iPhone archive.
It found that the phone was different in both the physical buttons (the one on the top left and right of the phone) and the SIM card, the tiny microSD card slot used to store the phone.
This meant the phone could be traced to other phones in the series, but not to a different one.
“When you look at a device, you can look at what’s inside and you can sort of identify it from its design and its functions, and what’s different about it,” Dr Lee said, adding that the fingerprint could also be used to tell if the phone contained a SIM card or not.
He said while this was an important technique, it did not provide a complete picture of the user interface, adding it was not the only way to determine if a device was a genuine Apple device.
He also said that, even though there were differences in functionality between different phones, it would not necessarily be a good indicator that the user had been tricked into installing software.
“You don’t really know what was being done with the phone when you look inside the device.
So, you’re going to get a lot more data than is actually there, and you’re not going to know what’s being done,” he explained.
Dr Lee said he would not recommend using the analysis to determine whether a device is fake or not, however.
“That’s a very subjective thing to say,” he noted.
“The only way you can really determine that a device has been hacked or not is if you have a fingerprint on it.”
He added that there were many other ways to determine the authenticity of a phone.
“If you’re using a scanner to get fingerprints, or you’re a forensic analyst, you could tell whether it’s a genuine fingerprint or not.”