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Although John C. Dvorak cited thin margins and Apple’s inability to play the fashion game fast enough in a recent MarketWatch column urging the company to pull the plug on the iPhone, he revealed far different reasons on the latest episode of This Week in Tech […]

Although John C. Dvorak cited thin margins and Apple’s inability to play the fashion game fast enough in a recent MarketWatch column urging the company to pull the plug on the iPhone, he revealed far different reasons on the latest episode of This Week in Tech (TWiT).

During Episode 93 of the top-ranked podcast, Dvorak said he received information from “a guy at Cingular who’s testing the product.” The unnamed, male Cingular employee told Dvorak “there’s lots of issues.”

“He says the amateur mistake that they made is not having a removable battery,” Dvorak said. “You run 20 minutes and you’re using up half the battery power. You get 40 minutes total talk time. And the interface fouls up constantly.”

Those reasons seem more legitimate to consider ‘pulling the plug’ on a product. So why weren’t they mentioned in his column?

“He’s telling me confidentially and I shouldn’t be telling anybody,” Dvorak explained.

Apparently telling the hundreds of thousands who listen to TWiT doesn’t count as telling anybody.

I don’t know how Cingular runs their ship, but if that tester were working at Apple I have a feeling he’d be fired immediately if anyone found out he was leaking information to Dvorak.

  1. Lets take John Dvorak for what he’s honestly worth OK and thats about the worth of my dogs droppings in the back yard.

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  2. 1. Publish idiotic, sweeping, controversial criticism about a product failing
    2. Publish made-up technical reason for why product will fail
    3. ???
    4. Profit!

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  3. Wow! This is great news! If Dvorak says the interface crashes and the battery only lasts 40min, then it’s certain to never crash and last for days! Hooray!

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  4. Dvorak is just like the KKK– they exist only to say outrageous things and get attention.

    Why are you giving these silly assertions attention by repeating them?

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  5. Don’t post Dvorak’s stuff. He has admitted on camera to pissing off mac users to drive traffic to his site. You’re just helping him.

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  6. Even if it’s true, its April. Phone doesnt come out till June. Clearly this isnt a final product, so who really give a shit?

    Dimitry

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  7. The truth behind this story is obvious: we have a “anonymous source” within Cingular, an employee that should not even be able to touch the iPhone because there is no way Apple lets any average Joe like this “source” do so, tell “Dvorak the Dork” some false iPhone information. Either:
    1. The “source” is an Apple hater/Cingular hater (I wouldnt be surprised, cell phone providers are inherenetly evil and the guy is probably just PMSing that he just had the 100th caller of the day bitch at him on customer support) and is just feeding Dvorak shit because he knows it will draw attention OR..

    2. Dvorak himself is full of shit (I wouldnt be surprised there, either), and he is just trolling for some hits again to his site

    Main thing is, Dvorak: Proof of STFU.

    I’m out.

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  8. Is the acronym TWiT meant to be ironic?

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/twit

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  9. Yes, they even call the panelists “twits.”

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