Color me a bit of a news junkie and that means I monitor what’s happening from as many sources as possible. From New York Times to New York Post, Washington Post and Washington Times; from Fox to CNN to MSNBC and major networks, I grab news from wherever I can find; online, broadcast, or print (keep those Sunday newspapers coming).
The fake news industry has been working overtime the past few years, went into high gear with the election, and seems to have settled for awhile upon Apple, Inc. the past few months. I do not recall a more varied onslaught of contradictory reports on any iPhone Apple has ever produced.
iPhone 8– if that’s the real name– will have an onscreen Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Or, not. It will have a sensor in the Power button. Or, not. It will have the most edge-to-edge screen available. Or, not. It will be delayed. Or, not.
Everyday of the week there is a new report that often contradicts the reports from yesterday. 3D face recognition sensor coming in iPhone 8. Or, not. Inductive (which some mistakenly call ‘wireless chargers’) will be in iPhone 8. Or, not. The fingerprint sensor will be on the back of the case. Or, not. iPhone 8 will cost $1,200. Or, not.
Sorting through all those so-called news reports is a major challenge, even for a news junkie and certified Apple follower. 2017 seems to be the worst year ever for rumors and leaks about Apple’s newest iPhone, due sometime in late summer (or, not).
Over the past decade we have been inundated with so-called ‘fake news’ that at any time I can remember or recall from the history books. Here’s what we have to remember. Writing about a new report that says Apple’s iPhone 8 will be delayed, or won’t have inductive charging, or will be missing a fingerprint sensor is real news. The original creation of a leak or rumor may be fake news.
Fake news is a type of yellow journalism that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically, often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention.
President Trump cries fake news a couple of times a week, but such examples are more than that, somewhat more easily defined and described, and usually easier to track.
Fake news often employs eye-catching headlines or entirely fabricated news stories to increase readership, online sharing and Internet click revenue. In the latter case, it is similar to sensational online “clickbait” headlines and relies on advertising revenue generated from this activity, regardless of the veracity of the published stories. Fake news also undermines serious media coverage and makes it more difficult for journalists to cover significant news stories.
Here’s an example:
You won’t believe what’s missing in iPhone 8!
I just made that up, but you get the idea. It’s easy to create such link bait headlines (which, by nature, should be something of a bait anyway, because headlines should attract a reader to the article) but more seem to have hit Apple and the iPhone this year than in years past.
As to comparing such headlines and so-called fake news articles to reality, we must recognize that what Apple delivers each year often is different than the preceding 100 days of news headlines, and what we actually know– leaks and rumors notwithstanding– is far less, but far simpler and reasonable that what we read.
We know a new iPhone will come late this summer. I would bet on that. I wouldn’t bet on the name, or location of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, or ‘wireless charging.’ I would be surprised if all that Apple released was iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, though.
Outside of that, your guess is as good as mine, but the noise emanating from technology writers and those posing as journalists and news outlets has reached the point of ridiculousness and lacks believability or trust.