So. On the day I posted my last vomiting of ill-regarded words, Gizmodo lights up the technosphere with video, photos, description, drafting illustrations, ¼-scale clay mockups and an origami version of the semi-top-secret-except-we-already-knew-most-of-the-features-anyway iPhone 4G. (If you've been stuck reinstalling OS X on your Hackintosh the last 10 days—or was that just me—click here for the goods.) For those whose blood sugar has crashed and are unable to click on the Gizmodo link, let me summarize:
And there you go.
I understand Apple being peeved that their top-secret (to them) device got plastered all over the net. And I understand that the legality of both selling the device to Gizmodo and Gizmodo buying the device are a bit nebulous. But come on, Apple. The only people you're harming in your little witch-hunt are yourselves. Your guy goofed. Period. Should The Hulkster have tried a little harder to get the phone back? Sure. But maybe if you hadn't bricked the thing and instead stuck a non-defeatable alert screen on the phone with, here's an idea, a contact number on it, things might've gone your way.
Should Gizmodo have paid money for it? Is that what journalists do these days? Heck if I know. I'm just glad the five grand went toward and iPhone and not another shot of a stumbling Lohan. And in an age where most news is spewed out with equal parts snark and venom (Venark? Snenom? Bennifer?), it's hard to get worked up about a journo fattening some guy's PayPal account to hand over a device that, oh wait, an Apple employee left sitting on a bar stool in a public place.
So yeah. Maybe Apple could just chill out a bit. Not like we didn't already know about the front-facing camera or higher-res screen. And is anyone not going to get the 4G now that they've seen the new form factor? I'm actually more likely to trade up now that I've witnessed the practical glory of the flat back. Always did seem dumb to have a curved back on a phone with a touch interface. You know, because it's nice to be able to set it down on a table or sherpa and be able to scroll without wobbling. Little things.
Anyway, Apple, please, go back to being the Susan Powter lookalike with the high-waisted orange shorts and less of a Red Forman drone. And me, well, I'll start spitting out these analogies before Stewart steals all my best material. Well, probably not.
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