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  • Daily Mail Fail: UK Paper Falls for Spoof


    The UK's second biggest newspaper, quoting a Twitter feed clearly marked "of course this is a parody account," ran with a report that Apple would be recalling the iPhone 4. After being lampooned in numerous tweets as the "Mail Fail," the story was pulled from the Daily Mail's website, but a screenshot was saved on Nic Dafis's Flickr photostream. The Mail's "Sister Website" ThisIsMoney.co.uk is still running the story as straight news as of this posting. [UPDATE: they finally figured it out.]

    The lede of the Mail's story quoted the ceoSteveJobs tweet in reporting on a possible iPhone 4 recall: "The much-vaunted new iPhone 4 may be recalled, Apple boss Steve jobs revealed last night. Posting a message on the social networking site Twitter, the tycoon said; 'We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect." On launch day, ceoSteveJobs featured the joke tweet "I heard the CEO of AT&T got married recently. The service was great but the reception was terrible." That might have been a hint for the Mail's writers.

    Some reports over the weekend held out the hope of a software fix for the so-called "Death Grip" problem, though the Apple Support forum postings reporting that Apple would be releasing an iOS upgrade were quickly deleted, as well as all posts that referred to the deleted posts.

    modified image via Nic Dafis (cc)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Daily Mail Fail: UK Paper Falls for Spoof started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. Nehal3m's Avatar
      Nehal3m -
      Wow... Just wow...
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      +^
    1. tkirk10's Avatar
      tkirk10 -
      Here is the link to the 'This is Money' article... Still up!
      New iPhone4 is facing recall | This is Money
    1. Chunky_83's Avatar
      Chunky_83 -
      So what does that mean, are they gonna fix it or not!!
    1. prankz55's Avatar
      prankz55 -
      Something is to be done ....
    1. Apple.'s Avatar
      Apple. -
      Why is this site news being filled up with rumors frequently now?
      Steve jobs doesn't even have a Twitter @ceoSteveJobs is a parody account

      This is a false article and was removed for a reason
      Because it isn't true......so why post it?
    1. kpall312's Avatar
      kpall312 -
      I'm getting tired of the iphone problems... Iphone became so boring, I mean its like youre dating a blonde girl that whole village is f*cking
      I think i'm gonna get htc for the change and sell my 3GS/4G
    1. Saosindeath's Avatar
      Saosindeath -
      Apple is going to be like Toyota. Saying sorry to the customers in a tv ad to state they will fix it for you with the warranty or something to get your money worth.
    1. Apple.'s Avatar
      Apple. -
      My iPhone 4 has no issues whatsoever
      No death grip
      No discoloration
      No sensor issues

      If hardware is faulty EVERYONES iPhone would be defective
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chunky_83 View Post
      So what does that mean, are they gonna fix it or not!!
      Quote Originally Posted by Apple. View Post
      Why is this site news being filled up with rumors frequently now?
      Steve jobs doesn't even have a Twitter @ceoSteveJobs is a parody account

      This is a false article and was removed for a reason
      Because it isn't true......so why post it?
      Maybe you people should read the post before commenting next time.
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by Apple. View Post
      My iPhone 4 has no issues whatsoever
      No death grip
      No discoloration
      No sensor issues

      If hardware is faulty EVERYONES iPhone would be defective
      If its a case of it being a bad batch, thats an awfully big batch, lol.

      However, I still dont think that just one software patch will fix the problems, you're probably still looking at a hardware revision of some kind in the future.
    1. cory's Avatar
      cory -
      It was posted here to show how a news agency ran with a twitter message and displayed it as actual news. It a post about this news site's huge FAIL.
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      People its a spoof a joke nobody is recalling anything. Calm down every 1
    1. Excel Wiz's Avatar
      Excel Wiz -
      Haha. That does fail. But my iPhone 4 doesn't have anything wrong with it at all. I am 100% satisfied with it.
    1. Apple.'s Avatar
      Apple. -
      I did read the article and I know it's showing the news agency's fail but people will assume it's true

      I've been following this site since it started and it has changed a lot and is becoming a site I don't view as much because of front page stories as this one.

      This isn't news...it's rumors gone bad
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      If the software update won't fix the problem, then I think a recalled would be smart move by Apple.
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      I don't see a recall coming especially since everyones phone isn't affected.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      People its a spoof a joke nobody is recalling anything. Calm down every 1
      No.. no....no.... ......... let them run with it
    1. iphone925's Avatar
      iphone925 -
      Well i think they should first try a software fix and if it doesn't help off course they better recall and make sure this time the Engineer doesn't loose the Iphone in the bar and make all of us loose all the "BARS"
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I follow "Steve" on twitter, he is hilarious