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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:48 AM   #1
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Apple Buys iFixit, and Other 2014 April Fools' Jokes




Today is April Fools' Day, which means readers should be wary of what they read online as much of it will be a gross hyperbole created in the name of fun. Today also marks Apple's 38th anniversary, with the company having been founded on this day in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Among the popular April Fools' Day jokes making the rounds today are the following:

Apple Acquires iFixit

Based on the number of tips we've received, iFixit wins the award for the most believable Apple-related April Fools' prank for 2014. The popular device repair company changed its entire website to announce that it is being acquired by Apple.
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It's finally here. We're thrilled to announce that we are joining forces with Apple starting this summer. It has been an exciting adventure for all of us at iFixit, and we can't thank our dedicated community enough. Let's start our next chapter together.
BookBook for iMac

Twelve South, which offers a popular line of book-themed iPhone, iPad, and Mac notebook cases, has introduced its largest version yet: BookBook for iMac.

SwiftKey "Flow Hard" for Physical Keyboards

Popular alternative keyboard SwiftKey, which recently began experimenting on iOS, announced "Flow Hard", a version of its gesture-input technology for physical desktop/laptop keyboards. The new Flow Hard is guaranteed to increase your typing speed and your overall productivity.

Nest and Virgin America Team Up on Personalized Airline Seat Climate Control

The now Google-owned Nest partnered with Virgin America to bring Total Temperature Control to airlines, allowing users to customize their own seat environment.

SelfieBot by Orbotix

Orbotix today unveiled the SelfieBot, a camera-equipped drone that hovers around you, capturing the best selfie moments you would normally miss. Always ready to snap a picture, the SelfieBot can be controlled by your smartphone or operate independently.

Google Chrome for iOS Adds Emoji Translation

Google has added support for emoji translation to its popular Chrome browser for iOS and Android. Instead of boring and bland text, users can capture the sentiment of each page through efficient and emotive illustrations.
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Today we're announcing Google Translate support for Emoji, built directly into Chrome for Android and iOS. You can now read all your favorite web content using efficient and emotive illustrations, instead of cumbersome text. Our translation algorithm interprets not just the definition of the words on a webpage, but also their context, tone and if appropriate, facial expression. It then distills text into articulate, meaningful symbols so you can get more out of every screen.

MacRumors has not participated in April Fools' Day prank news stories on its regular news pages in past years, and has no plans to break from that tradition this year. All news stories posted on our front page, iOS Blog, and Mac Blog today are real.

Article Link: Apple Buys iFixit, and Other 2014 April Fools' Jokes
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:50 AM   #2
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I see AppleInsider got fooled by the iFixit one.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:50 AM   #3
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iFixit sure did fool me though.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:51 AM   #4
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"All news stories posted on our front page, iOS Blog, and Mac Blog today are real."

As far as you know...
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:54 AM   #5
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OK, so you're gonna tell me that the 5,5" iPhone 6 delay wasn't a prank? sighh
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:54 AM   #6
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I see AppleInsider got fooled by the iFixit one.
Yeah... I saw it in their RSS feed, then they pulled the story from their page.

Honestly, I am about sick of all these stories every year. Makes you just want to not read the news on April 1 each year.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:54 AM   #7
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Inb4 the Google one is legit, cause we don't have enough emojis as it is.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:54 AM   #8
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MacRumors has not participated in April Fools' Day prank news stories on its regular news pages in past years, and has no plans to break from that tradition this year. All news stories posted on our front page, iOS Blog, and Mac Blog today are real.
Yet this article is on the front page...
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:55 AM   #9
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Apple's acquisition of iFixit would be something like:

"The new iPad is entirely made of glue, and no part can be replaced. Overall, we give it a 10/10 for fixability."
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:56 AM   #10
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Selfy bot doesn't breaks physics.

It reminds me of the flying platforms in Mario Games. And what always gets me, is that its propeller will cause the top part of the device to spin as well. As well being top heavy would cause it to flip over.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:58 AM   #11
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MacRumors has lost its sense of humor, a real shame....
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 09:59 AM   #12
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ahahha i laughed so hard at all of these... though the ifix it one initially fooled me until i got to the part about "replacability" that was epic!
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Let me tell you that this is greatly appreciated.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 10:03 AM   #14
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Wow are these lame.
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BookBook for iMac.

Well played, twelvesouth, well played.
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about the selfie bot

This concept actually exists, although still under development:
https://www.alwaysinnovating.com/pro...cam-photos.htm
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 10:07 AM   #17
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readers should be wary of what they read online as much of it will be a gross hyperbole
I think that's good advice all year.
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Loved the bit about not having to buy nail files using flow. Also the safety glasses while using the manual typewriter (kids: google "typewriter")
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MacRumors has not participated in April Fools' Day prank news stories on its regular news pages in past years, and has no plans to break from that tradition this year. All news stories posted on our front page, iOS Blog, and Mac Blog today are real.
You guys must be fun at parties.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 10:16 AM   #20
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Wowww at least wait until tomorrow to post this. Where's your sense of fun?
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 10:16 AM   #21
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and iFixIt gets sued by Apple in 3 .. 2 .. 1 ..
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 10:27 AM   #22
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These are all so lame.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 10:29 AM   #23
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Haha, fortune fell for the ifixit joke.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/04/...t/?iid=T_Blogs
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It's too predictable now. It borders on tedium.
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