Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Major Flop for the New Apple iPhone? Don't Believe the Hype.

With an average four hour wait in line and an estimated $1.5 million in sales, it appears as though Apple has another success on its hands with the new iPhone 4.

However, rumors have been circulating across the web about a massive recall due to signal issues when the iPhone 4 is held a certain way. Many of these rumors were sparked from tweets that were being broadcast from @ceoSteveJobs, an obvious parody account that states so in the bio. However a tweet from the fake account stating, "We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect," was enough to convince the UK publication The Daily Mail to write an article that resulted in the spread of a world wide rumor.

As the Mashable article goes on to state, it is hard to imagine that Apple was not aware of the signal issue and that ultimately, the engineers decided it was a worthwhile trade-off for improved reception.

Although it may be hard to believe that such a fake Twitter account could result in hundreds of articles, this is not the first time a parody account on Twitter has received large amounts of attention. This is why Twitter has taken the necessary precautions into verifying the accounts of important people and publications as an attempt to prevent occurrences such as this one.

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