iPhone 4G To Be Unveiled In June, But Did Jobs Alienate His Consumers?
May 27, 2010
(ChattahBox) – The Apple iPhone 4G has become a major focus of tech blogs since the leak that led to an early look at the newest generation gizmo. But have Steve Jobs alienated his user base with the way he handled the mistake?
For those of you who have been living in a cave these last several months, here is a quick rundown for you:
In April 2010, an employee of Apple left their prototype for the iPhone 4G in a bar after having one too many.
Someone finds it and realizes quickly what it is; this person is later revealed to be Brian Hogan.
He sells it to Gizmodo, along with a friend names Sage Wallower, for $5,000.
Jason Chen, the editor of Gizmodo, does a blog post revealing the functions of this iPhone 4G prototype.
Apple asks for it back, and Chen send it back undamaged.
Steve Jobs and his goons spazz out, and Chen’s home is raided; his door is kicked in, his equipment is taken, and a lot of people get angry.
Chen considers suing the police department for the raid, which would include a claim against Apple.
The world takes a closer look and determines that Apple may have possibly become the Evil Empire, and listens closely to detect any Darth Vader-like breathing from Jobs.
Now that we are up to speed, how will all of this effect the eventual sale of the iPhone 4G?
Many people have preferred Apple as an alternative to Microsoft products. But with the iPhone/iPod/iPad products, the company has surpassed Microsoft and become one of the most powerful in the world. With the actions taken against popular blog Gizmodo it is possible they have made a misstep.
Only the unveiling will tell whether it made a big difference or not, but we at least have a tentative date.
The Worldwide Developers Conference is on June 7 of this year, and it is almost certainly going to be shown there.