Leaked IPhone Called ‘Immensely Damaging’ To Apple ProfitBy Chris Weiss
In Apple’s attempt to become an official government agency capable of sending out its own private police force to do its corporate bidding, the company’s attorney said that the notorious Gizmodo-phone was ‘immensely damaging’ to Apple.
If that’s not enough, attorney George Riley offered this steaming pile: “By publishing details about the phone and its features … people that would have otherwise purchased a currently existing Apple product would wait for the next item to be released, thereby hurting overall sales and negatively [a]ffecting Apple’s earnings.”
The information comes from an San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office affidavit that was unsealed last Friday by a judge.
To Riley and Apple: in case you forgot, you’ve released new iPhones at WWDC for the past two years. Therefore, any intelligent consumer, and we’re going to go ahead and assume that you consider your customers intelligent, would be able to deduce that a new iPhone is coming in June with or without your leaked prototype. Oh yeah, and the fact that you gave us a big, public preview of OS 4.0 was a little bit of a hint too. Most any potential iPhone buyer that wanted to wait for the next iPhone would be doing so with or without Gizmodo’s story. [via CNN]