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.



10 Responses to “iPhone 4G To Be Unveiled In June, But Did Jobs Alienate His Consumers?”

  1. iPhone Tutorial Videos on May 27th, 2010 12:05 pm

    Apple has indeed now taken over Microsoft and is the 2nd most successful company in America and arguably the world.

    I dot agree with Apples raid on Gizmodos private address however thy did first request the return of their patended property which Gizmodo could have done since they got what thety needed from it ( publicity)

    having had my iPhone stolen and returned by the criminal (nearly unbelievable but true) I think Gizmodo would have felt a great sense of righeousness if they had returned it ( like my criminal friend did)

    I’m definitely getting the new iPhone as I previously had to jailbreak mine to provide the functionality the 4g will provide with 4.0 out of the box…

    Additionally tomorrow the iPad is launching and it will be interesting to see what apps become available.

    Apple has slowly addresses all questions and cocerns of it’s developers and customers one at a time focussing on the highest priority complaints and subsequently created the best mobile Internet device on planet earth.
    (I cannot speak for the Martians , but since they don’t even have html5 or YouTube yet, don’t expect much from Mars)

  2. Phil on May 27th, 2010 12:11 pm

    From a legal standpoint, Apple acted within it’s rights, as the “found” property was illegally sold to Gizmodo. They (Gizmodo) had to know that Apple would take some sort of action against them for the loss of potentially thousands\millions in revenue. Apple had every right to be pissed.

  3. olivia on May 27th, 2010 12:14 pm

    Phil – There was no reason they needed to raid his home. He gave them the phone undamaged, in the condition he bought it. The stats had been posted on the web. Exactly what did they think they would fine? Another few dozen prototypes lurking in the wings? Being pissed off doesn’t justify their actions. While they had some possible legal ability to break down his door and violate his private life, they had no actual reason. Sour grapes doesn’t qualify, and I think it will potentially (and has potentially) damaged their image. Especially with those consumers that are wary of their new corporate standing.

  4. Lon on May 27th, 2010 12:33 pm

    What are you folks talking about? Apple merely reported the incident to the proper authorities – as most of you would have done. Everything else that took place was by the law enforcement authorities, not Apple. Get it straight!

  5. John on May 27th, 2010 11:38 pm


    Apple sits on the board of the police unit that raided Chen.
    It would be naive to think that they didn’t have more pull than a normal tech company would have.

    Get it straight!

  6. Thizzle on May 28th, 2010 6:06 am

    Why would the police raiding some douche bag’s home affect sales? Who cares what they did to that loser. He got what he deserved for being a prick. I will be getting the iPhone 4g when It comes out. Won’t be waiting in any lines though if there are any.

  7. Thizzle on May 28th, 2010 6:12 am

    Also the phone wasn’t undamaged as you’re saying it was. Plus there are a lot more “evil” companies that get business. Some example of evil companies are comcast, AT&T, verizon and google.

  8. Lon on May 28th, 2010 9:32 am

    So does every other major tech company in the Valley! It’s standard PR Community Involvement. If you think that allows them to exert their influence I’m day-to-day police matters then you don’t know your government very well!

  9. olivia on May 28th, 2010 11:11 am

    Lon – Not in ‘day to day police matters’, no. But in a case directly involving them, you cannot honestly say there is no correlation here. The police smashed through Chen’s door, riffled through his belongings, and took all of his equipment. There was no discernible reason for them to do that. The phone had been sent back, and they could have called him to account without breaking into his home and taking his computers, business cards, and documents. Had this been any other property dispute it probably would have.

    Do you honestly think that in cases like this is is common to have a joint task force from federal and police agencies kick down doors? Please.

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