Wow, that iPhone 5 announcement yesterday sure was impressive, wasn't it?The space-age design, the blazing speed, the AI interface. And that price? Unbelievable.
Sorry, did I write iPhone 5? I meant iPhone 4S. Slip of the keyboard. My bad.
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Keyboards have been slipping around the blogosphere a lot these past few weeks. Reading the thousands of confident headlines posted in advance of yesterday's announcement, the iPhone 5 looked like a lock.
"What should we expect when Apple launches the iPhone 5 in Two Weeks?" asked ReadWriteWeb on Sept. 21. Umm, how about an iPhone 4S? (One day later, that same blogger blamed "the rumor mill" for betraying him. Oh, the horror.)
"Have we found the iPhone 5?" asked 9to5Mac on July 28. Uh no, brainiac, we haven't. You might try looking for your a**, though. Better use both hands.
"Apple's iPhone 5 to support speedy 4G HSPA+ networks like AT&T," VentureBeat claimed confidently on Sept. 29. And the iPhone may well support speedy 4G, one day, if it ever appears. But not today.
"Source: The iPhone 5 Will Indeed Be a Dual-Mode CDMA/GSM 'World Phone,'" stated TechCrunch on Aug. 22. This post even goes on to say "nothing like some good old evidence from the field to turn a rumor into a near-certainty." Emphasis on the word "near."
That's just one of the hundreds -- if not thousands -- of stories that TechCrunch posted about the as-yet-vaporous iPhone 5. Naturally, today TechCrunch has a story about "what the Interwebs got right and wrong."
Those darned Interwebs -- lying to us yet again. They promised us a pony last Christmas, too. I'm only giving them another 3,426 chances before I stop believing them.