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  • Bad Apple: You’re a Fool if You Believe the iPhone Ads


    There has been a recent storm of lawsuits against Apple by dissatisfied iPhone 3G owners who say that the advertisements that claim the iPhone is "twice as fast for half the price" are misleading. Apple has responded to one such lawsuit with a 9 page legal statement that claims their ads are truthful, but one paragraph basically says in legal speak that anyone who fully believes their ads is a fool.

    The response is to the lawsuit filed by William Gillis, a 70 year old San Diego resident, who says he was mislead by untruthful advertisements when he decided to purchase an iPhone. The legal speak in question that Apple responded with is as follows:

    "Plaintiff's claims, and those of the purported class, are barred by the fact that the alleged deceptive statements were such that no reasonable person in Plaintiff's position could have reasonably relied on or misunderstood Apple's statements as claims of fact."

    Gillis’ lawsuit is one of many that claim Apple has misled the general public with overstating the iPhone’s performance abilities. Complaints range from dropped calls, sluggish broadband speeds and the inability to stay on 3G before it switches to the slower EDGE network.

    Apple has acknowledged some of these problems but has said the 2.2 OS would fix them. While early reports suggest that the 2.2 software has reduced the rate of dropped calls many still complain about reception issues.

    This coupled with the fact that the U.K. Advertising Standards Authority recently banned two iPhone 3G advertisements for being misleading in the UK does not look good at all for Apple.

    …One thing is certain; Apple somewhat calling its most loyal customers fools for believing their ads does not do anything to help their negative image of being an elitist company.

    Do all you iPhone owners think the ads are misleading compared to the actual performance?

    Source: Apple: Our Ads Don't Lie, But You're a Fool if You Believe Them | Gadget Lab from Wired.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Bad Apple: You’re a Fool if You Believe the iPhone Ads started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      Quote Originally Posted by jayson9 View Post
      And having a symptomatic 4 hour hard-on doesn't sound like a real problem either.......
      Unless you're the kids I read about who took Viagra in school...
    1. keatonec's Avatar
      keatonec -
      honestly if the commercial showed that I'd wasn't supper fast. That it took 3-5 secs to load a web page or a location the map app would you buy it? No. This is stupid. I can't even beleive that we are talking about this. It's ridiculos. There are comercials all over tv that make their products look way better than they actually are. It's a funny thing called good advertising. You don't want to make an ad that just shows what your product can do, you show what it could do if you had the perfect connection and verything was working great.

      This guy who is sueing is a retard and I hope he doesn't get sh*t.
    1. khaoticsquirrel's Avatar
      khaoticsquirrel -
      misleading is the name of the game in marketing. whoever can fool the most people into buying their product over their opponents are "the best." i'm pretty sure if apple knows that their ads are ******** and they are intentionally airing them to entice/trick people to buy their product, that is false advertisement and very suable.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon_PhoneApart View Post
      Unless you're the kids I read about who took Viagra in school...
      I guess everybody wants to be a porn star.... kids included.

      Sometimes, you can't help the one that will try anything to be like others. You just got to go along and hope they don't "over extend" themselves.
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      Quote Originally Posted by jayson9 View Post
      I guess everybody wants to be a porn star.... kids included.

      Sometimes, you can't help the one that will try anything to be like others. You just got to go along and hope they don't "over extend" themselves.
      And hope the teacher doesn't call you up to the blackboard to work out a problem...
    1. kwall's Avatar
      kwall -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      This is like trying to sue a fast food shop for not serving you a meal that looks like the ones from commercials. You know the ones I'm talking about, the ones with oh so delicious perfectly cooked meat, perfect melted slices of cheeze, the right amount of fresh tomatoes and lettuce and just enough mayonnaise to finish it up. Actual meals NEVER look like that. Do I care? No.

      The phone still rocks, and as a previous 2G user, the 3G is faster, louder, and better.

      Stupid.

      Come to think of it, I can't think of a single commercial where the device/product in question ever plays exactly as it's shown.
      movie commercials!! they show the movie and its exact rofl
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by cricketlang View Post
      good luck to anyone trying to fight apple on this one. some woman already did this....EPIC FAIL
      This sort of attitude is what gives Apple their power... we allow them to be untouchable...

      Is it a little ridiculous that people are suing for this reason? Sure... I mean who REALLY believed it word for word. That being said, companies are responsible for DELIVERING what they advertise. If they don;t deliver, they are at fault...

      Quote Originally Posted by keatonec View Post
      honestly if the commercial showed that I'd wasn't supper fast. That it took 3-5 secs to load a web page or a location the map app would you buy it? No. This is stupid. I can't even beleive that we are talking about this. It's ridiculos. There are comercials all over tv that make their products look way better than they actually are. It's a funny thing called good advertising. You don't want to make an ad that just shows what your product can do, you show what it could do if you had the perfect connection and verything was working great.

      This guy who is sueing is a retard and I hope he doesn't get sh*t.
      So you are saying you wouldn't buy the phone if they showed it in a commercial operating in a real setting? You buy things based on commercials knowing that what you get is less than what is on the commercial but as long as the commercial is awesome the product is worth getting? I shed a tear for you just now...
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      AHHH

      Apple are becoming micro$oft
    1. McQuackers's Avatar
      McQuackers -
      Wow....did people REALLY expect the iPhone 3G to be literally twice as fast? Would they have made such a fuss if it turned out to be only 1.9x as fast?

      Which ad is more appealing to you?
      Twice as fast. Half the price.
      or
      Really fast. Half the Price.

      The synergy between the Twice/Half (multiples of 2...if you count 1/2 as a multiple of 2, but you see where I'm going sticklers.) makes the ad flow more smoothly.

      I'd call Apple underhanded if 3G speed was only 1.1-1.3x faster than the Edge network speed, but 1.5x and up is forgivable.

      Now this part is just personal preference, but a better slogan may have been
      "50% faster. 50% cheaper." or maybe another word that doesn't carry the stigma of cheap.