The multitude of images, found by intrepid AppleInsider reader Eric, show a black Samsung laptop running Google's Chrome web browser for OS X, each highlighting a different Google Maps feature like Satellite View, Earth View and Street View.
The images clearly show the tell-tale red, yellow and green control buttons located at the top left corner of all OS X windows, not the icon-based counterparts seen on current Windows 7 machines. Unless the Samsung device is a "hackintosh," or a non-Apple computer that has been modified to run OS X, the images have been altered.
As seen in the image below, the shoddy graphics work extends beyond the obvious operating system slip up, as what appears to be a drop shadow to the left of the laptop is actually the faded-out bezel of a separate machine.
Although speculation, it is thought that the designers who created the page, possibly Google's own in-house team, simply pasted screenshots from their own Mac workstations onto the Samsung computer.
While most likely an oversight on the part of the website's graphic artists, the retouched photos are an interesting side note to the ongoing power struggle in which Apple and Google are currently embroiled. The fact that the images appear on the Google Maps page make it more ironic given the recent flap regarding Apple's switch to its own proprietary mapping solution in iOS 6, a move that has been widely criticized by pundits and users alike.