Blame Gizmodo?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BeyondtheTech, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Now, we all know that we don't know how Apple operates, but you can be sure by now that they work around the clock and up until the last moments, sparing nothing in its path.

    Well, along comes this incident with Gizmodo and they turn out to be the biggest monkey wrench in the last dozen years of their rebirth. By spilling trade secrets and new features, their breaking news did - without a doubt - make a material impact on current iPhone sales, wireless activations with AT&T, and caused a ripple effect that hit third-party accessory manufacturers, other wireless carriers, and other mobile product manufacturers.

    Subsequent leaks cemented the more-anticipated release, and with iPhone 3GS sales showing initial signs of waning, while other Android devices begin to bombard the smartphone market, Apple may have had no choice but to quickly change their game, rushing their product to the market, with a hardware design that wasn't thoroughly tested, a color scheme that wasn't ready for mass production, their software not fully cooked for public consumption.

    Third-party accessory manufacturers, this time around, had no advanced access to the device, whereby cases are coming into stores in drips and drabs, starting with crappy silicon product manufacturers that can make any shape in a day's notice, to case makers working off of repair parts, online photos, and drawing dimensions, often resulting in poor-quality and misaligned products. Most customers who were lucky enough to score an iPhone 4 had to go 'commando' without a case they would have normally got, thereby giving more chance to experience the growing 'reception' issue.

    Steve Jobs, being the 'cool cat' he always is, fires off a bunch more personal emails to calm the public after a brewing storm of complaints with the lack of white iPhones, lack of coordination during preorders and reservations, reception and 'how to hold your iPhone' issues, backwards volume control buttons, lack of accessories - you name it - and with responses like "non-issue" and "stay tuned" lingering in the public's mind, the media begins to perceive him as arrogant and oblivious.

    Had the Gizmodo leak not have happened, do you think we would have seen the iPhone 4 to originally release in mid-July, with both colors, with a properly cooked iOS, fully stocked with cases and accessories from Apple and all other brands?
  2. MCRunning macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2008
  3. RyanJL macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2009
    The date of the WWDC was known before the Gizmodo article.
  4. BeyondtheTech thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    That was only to announce the iPhone 4. Steve and Company could have stated that the phone will ship the following month.
  5. deannnnn macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    Yeah I don't think Apple would push a release because of some random tech site.
  6. RyanJL macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2009
    You don't just bump up something as big as the release of a new generation of iPhone, especially with only a month and a half notice.
  7. gnortenjones macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    No. I seriously doubt Gizmodo had any real effect on Apples plans.
  8. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Yes. Hasn't Apple always done the iphone introductions at WWDC? Isn't WWDC typically in June?

    Gizmodo having any appreciable effect on Apple's rollout timetable is like the story of the mouse ***** an elephant. He thinks he's all that (Gizmodo) but she doesn't even know he's there (Apple).
  9. ipoddin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2004
    Los Angeles
  10. Tedsallis macrumors newbie


    Jun 16, 2010
    I think the OP is kind of putting the cart before the unicorn in this case. I say Unicorn because they imaginary animals. What is really going on is Gizmodo decided after being shut out of the Apple keynote to throw rocks at Apple's glass house. Despite the fact that all of their writers rushed out to buy the device, they have done nothing put spew hate on it and give visibility to anyone else who bought into their blatant smear campaign. All this after Gizmodo made the decision to go with the d!ck move in the first place, taking the short term traffic surge and the visibility (and the advertising rates boost that came with it) over respecting another company's property rights. In every instance of their being called to account for their actions they play the victim against the big bad corporation, even though they are in fact part of a big bad corporate media corporation themselves. The whole thing would be comical if so many people didn't buy it hook line and sinker. If you want to blame Gizmodo for something, blame them for hysteria. All they have been doing for the last couple of weeks is shouting fire in the crowded movie house to keep the money rolling in. Or at least being party poopers.
  11. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    If you push a product it's your fault and your fault alone
  12. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Every iPhone has been released in June/July. Nothing new there. Apple could have released on July 15 (same day the Droid X is released) if it needed extra time and people would have waited. The only thing Giz did was mute the anticipation of the for the WWDC keynote.
  13. carrotcloud macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    blame gizmodo.. blame AT&T.. blame the user.. .. right..
  14. michaelz macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2010
    Of course it is all Gizmodo's fault. Apple could have found the reception issue and solve it before shipping if gizmodo didn't buy that prototype phone and create the diversion for apple. :mad:

    This could be a manufacture issue if it is related to SIM card.
  15. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Do you have proof that the iPhone 4 was originally scheduled for mid-july release?
  16. BeyondtheTech thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    No, I was theorizing that if they were to originally ship mid-July, do you think that the whole leak may have required them to advance it a couple of weeks?

    Seems odd that at last minute, they couldn't get the white model ready in time for preorders to production, seems odd that they hardly had any bumpers of their own, and if so, mostly in black, seems odd that no case manufacturer was ready out of the gate with their case solutions and accessories.

    Backtrack one year to the 3GS release on July 11. Granted, everyone was ready because the shape had already taken form (no pun intended) when the 3G was released the year before that - but at least then, they had tons of accessories at launch.

    Missing coating on antenna wires? Who knows if they forgot to spray some of the glass with necessary coating to make it more resilient?

    A lot about the iPhone 4 seems... rushed, less-prepared. That's just my opinion. I could be wrong.
  17. Block macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007
    People need to do less blaming and more taking responsibility.
  18. chembox macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2010
    Didn't Gizmodo mention that the model they had their hands on has been in the works since 2008? I don't think Apple rushed anything, but I do think they rushed the 3GS, since it was the exact same design as the 3G.
  19. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Gizmodo doesn't have any knowledge of that at all. They just happened to get lucky when some guy dropped a prototype iPhone in their laps and walked off with a cool 5 large.

    Then, instead of maybe having some engineers check it out or something, they rip out their own tools and giddily start to tear the thing apart. Imagine the kudos Gizmodo could've gotten if they had some people with a clue look it over, and maybe figured out a potential antenna issue before anyone else even had the phone in their hands? Talk about a lost opportunity, but it's clear from the start that these guys had gold and squandered it like a bunch of kids.

    I don't blame Gizmodo. I mean, if no one knew they were just a bunch of inept geeks with a blog before all this, despite demonstrating it at CES, well, whose fault is that?
  20. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    No. Why would it?

    Apple had already announced it at WWDC - so people knew about the phone anyway. Why would it possibly affect the release date?

    The only thing it could have prompted was an earlier announcement, and we know it didn't.

    So it had no effect at all.
  21. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    No you are thinking about the wrong iPhone, the iPhone 3GS was announced on June 8, 2009 and Launch day was June 19, 2009.

    Pre-orders began on June 8th and they accepted pre-orders for Free June 19 (Launch Day) delivery until June 16.

    The biggest challenge this year was the suppliers (quantity and quality), and the delivery schedules. This along with the increased demand, due to the iPhone 4 being a new platform instead of just a faster processor and screen coating like the iPhone 3GS.

  22. H. Flower macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2008
    The phone just sold 1.7 million.....there is nothing wrong. Gizmodo has nothing on Apple.
  23. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
  24. WindowsTraitor macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2008

    I think you are right, and they should pay for it.
  25. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2010
    Your not wrong. The whole thing seems rushed and im having to make do with a cheap case i got off ebay. Gona buy a decent one when available though. Argh

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