I’m not one to sit around all day and come up with wild conspiracy theories (though I could tell you a tale about JFK) but here’s something that has been bugging me since yesterday afternoon. What are the odds that the FCC would announce approval of the iPhone just a day after the false story regarding a delay of the iPhone?
The whole thing just doesn’t sit right with me. First, the memo was spoofed very well. It fooled the guys over at Engadget, and they’re one of the biggest tech blogs around. So although it is possible that someone with skill just made this up, I’m willing to bet that it did in fact come from someone inside of Apple. But was it planned by the execs, or even the marketing team? Or was it just some overzealous employee wanting to see how much they could stir things up?
I don’t see an employee doing it of their own accord for the fun of it. If caught, they would be at the very least fired, but likely they would also find themselves facing a lawsuit. So I now turn my thoughts to the idea of a premeditated memo. News of the iPhone is still out there, but there hasn’t been a big breaking story that catches everyone’s eye lately. Now if the iPhone were delayed, everyone would cover that story, right? Well they did, and you know what they say, “no press is bad press.”
So onto the second piece of the conspiracy puzzle, the FCC approval that came only a day later. Some might say it was a coincidence, but in my experience, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. Besides, Apple tends to have some sway over at the FCC. After all, they have managed to keep them quiet about many of the details surrounding the iPhone already. How much of a stretch would it be to find out the exact date they would release the approval documents?
So if one were to believe that Apple knew exactly when the FCC would announce the iPhone’s approval, then there is no doubt that Apple would want everyone to be looking in their direction when the documents became public. So they set into motion one of the biggest breaking stories we’ve seen yet: the iPhone has been delayed several months. Apple knows that there are probably an equal amount of people waiting for the phone to fail as there are wanting it to succeed. So with that thought, good news of the iPhone is going to be covered by many outlets, but very bad news will be covered by nearly all major media sources.
So now all Apple has to do is have someone let loose a memo into the wild with falsified information regarding the iPhone’s delay. Then they can sit back and watch the bad press roll in. Of course when questioned about it they will deny everything and state that it was indeed falsified information. Their stock then drops which causes everyone to turn their head. Before you know it, everyone is looking for any shred of evidence that would let them believe that the iPhone is in fact still on schedule.
Then out of nowhere, a light shines from the heavens. The FCC has approved the iPhone! There can’t be anything stopping it from being released now. So, while the public eye is still fixed upon Apple, they come out with some of the best news yet. Now everyone knows it, and they’re excited about it.
So was it all a huge conspiracy? I don’t know, it seems like a bit of a stretch either way. Like I said, the whole thing just doesn’t sit right with me. It wouldn’t surprise me if Steve Jobs planned out the whole thing himself. After all, he was the second gunman on the grassy knoll.