Mac Mini 2009 'Leak' Analyzed, Declared Fake

In the age of Photoshop, it can be impossible to discern a forgery with the naked eye. But one PCB (and imaging) specialist has analyzed the recent Mac Mini "leak" and declared it fake.

As you can see in this image, the general "dispersion of artifacts" is not consistent with an unedited picture. In other words, all of that confetti you're seeing around the ports and power plug are pretty suspect. Zoomed in to the pixel, the image also reveals the use of multiple macroblock types.

But apparently the expert's most damning argument has nothing to do with the image quality itself. It's the placement of the Mini DisplayPort and Mini DVI—the ports don't appear to be lined up with the motherboard, which is a big design no-no. [9to5Mac]