For those of you not in the know, here’s a quick re-hash. An Apple employee named Gray Powell took a prototype model of an as-of-yet unannounced iPhone to a bar, unto which he lost it. It was later found by another patron of the bar, from where it made its way into the hands of Gizmodo, who promptly ran a story on it. In what pretty much solidified the device’s authenticity, Apple sent a formal request to Gizmodo, asking for their ‘device’ to be returned.
Now, first and foremost…. this phone looks friggin’ awesome. Just on Gizmodo’s testimony alone, I really really want one now; way moreso than I ever wanted an iPad. Pretty much all of the issues I have with my 3G (Uh, which I guess is really just the camera lol) have been fixed with this model. In addition, you can never go wrong with a higher resolution screen.
Now, while there may have been some disadvantages to this leaked prototype being announced (I can imagine sales of the iPhone 3GS have stopped… abruptly. XD), I think Apple shouldn’t be too unhappy about it. They received an extremely large amount of free PR and it’s got everyone talking about iPhones again (potentially moreso than a press-release).
Either way, I feel a little sorry for poor Gray. I’ve had my iPhone fall out of my pocket before, so I can definitely understand this being a simple accident. On the other hand though, it might have been a little silly to be carrying around an unannounced prototype in a bar, but obviously everyone makes mistakes.
If I could make one request to Steve Jobs, it would be that when and if this phone gets officially announced at an Apple press release, that Gray comes up on stage alongside him to present it.
So, who else out there wants an iPhone 4G right now?
- Published April 20, 2010
- Categories Tech