Even Apple's CEO is baffled by the 'iPhones' in these paintings

Paintings appearing to contain iPhones
(Image credit: Future)

It can be hard to remember a time before smartphones – and in particular the model that started it all. Apple's iPhone, which has probably replaced your computer, music player, calculator and approximately a billion other devices, first launched in 2007. Or is that 1860? Or is it even 1670?

Believe it or not, so-called 'iPhones' have been spotted in more than one classic painting over the last few years, and it turns out even Tim Cook has been baffled by one of them. And while we're obviously not looking at a smartphone, it's fun to imagine, right? (Check out the best iPhone 14 deals if you want to look as contemporary as the subjects of these paintings.)

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.