Okay, so I fell for it! This photo is pretty incredible!
The Washington Post reports,
“But the top photo (shown above), which shows an audience with far fewer gadgets was taken during the funeral procession of Pope John Paul II — a very different mood and event type. There was no one addressing the crowd from the balcony, for example. So, the comparison isn’t quite accurate.”
The bottom photo in 2013 was taken during the election of Pope Francis.
Here’s a more accurate portrayal.
As you can see, the smart phones and tablets aren’t there yet in 2005.