This is one of those news items which belongs in a publicly accessible WTF? category.
According to a report in The Register (I don’t know about you, but they’re every athiests tech Bible), a source from Apple says there is no shortage of iPhones. Apple is holding back supplies to increase demand.
Uh huh. Sure.
Someone with the code name Dry Throat (compare to Deep Throat, circa mid 1970s) says Apple was worried the iPhone 5 wouldn’t sell because it’s basically a Samsung Galaxy S III at half the price.
So, Apple is pulling a marketing stunt by limiting availability of iPhone 5 to ensure that demand stays high.
Uh huh. Sure.
From there it just goes downhill. Fast. From Dry Throat:
As for ‘shipping dates have moved back two weeks’, don’t make me laugh. They were probably sitting there in Cupertino saying ‘Huh, nobody’s buying it – move back shipping dates by a week, that’ll get things moving’. In reality there are probably warehouses stuffed full of the damn things all over the world. Sure, your iPhone ‘just left China’ … come on. It’s been sitting in a warehouse round the corner for a fortnight while you were shivering in the queue outside the Apple Store like a chump. There are Apple guys rubbing handfuls of iPhone 5s against their naked bodies, using them as paperweights, playing iPhone 5 Jenga – while you’re standing outside the shop with your nose pressed against the window, you simp.
I just love British publications. They’re so otherworldly in such a snooty way. What was The Register’s official response to what is obviously a fake story?
As with some of our other clandestine sources, it would seem that Dry Throat may have been embroidering his revelations a trifle at the end there. Nonetheless there would appear to be a core of truth at the heart of the story.
Imagine for a moment how many people at Apple and throughout the component supply chain would be involved in such a scheme to increase demand by decreasing availability of the iPhone.
Conspiracy Theory 101:
A theory detailing the involvement of two or more people who have secretly or otherwise conspired to commit an act that is against the public interest, and furthermore who may have conspired to cover up these acts in concert with the media and other authorities.
The main problem with conspiracy theories has to do with basic math. The more people involved in the conspiracy or cover up, the more difficult it is to keep it covered up.
Yet, people are supposed to believe a far fetched looney tunes idea from an unnamed source with no evidence, and zero credibility (published on a British site known for avoiding facts wherever possible), vs. the millions of people anxiously awaiting their iPhones to be delivered (and thousands more already waiting at Apple Stores around the world).
That’s not to mention those already tracking their iPhones from China (we all know how easy it is to spoof FedEx delivery data, right?).
Is it any wonder the world is a very screwed up place these days? Is it any wonder tens of millions of people love and adore their iPhones? Apple built something that works, and we humans crave anything that under promises and over delivers.