Gizmodo and the reaction of the tech-gurus

I am a bit shocked at how much flak Gizmodo has received of late. Especially for the fact that they have paid to get the test model of the iPhone 4G from someone who claims to have “found” the phone in a bar.

I do not condone Gizmodo ratting out the poor Apple dev, who would have already been going through a turmoil, if not facing the Jobs wrath already. However, I am still appalled at how the tech gurus and journalists are lashing at them for paying to obtain the device or publishing the information for the Internet.

Especially when those same tech-gurus are on the lookout to break exactly such information to the public. Now, I agree that speculation about the iPhone and tips from the sources add to the magic of expecting new devices. However, I personally feel that this is a case of sour-grapes.

The usual tech journalists who get the dish on what’s happening inside Cupertino were over run by kids who acted on an opportunity. That Apple declared the phone stolen was *not* known until later. However, I ask the question that what if these people who lashed out against Gizmodo received the gadget. Would they have NOT published the information?

I am not too sure about that.

Apple: “…and one day we will enter India,…”

http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/080304/apple_asia.html?.v=1

Apple COO Tim Cook was quoted by Reuters at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting

We will enter Asia with the iPhone in 2008… we will one day enter China, we’re not saying when, and we will one day enter India

When _is_ that day? We are already nearing one year since the release of iPhone and there is not even a whisper in India. When you contact the local retailers of Apple hardware, all you get is 8-10 months more. *Sigh*. You disappoint me Mr Jobs.

India gets everything late, new line of laptops enter as late as 3-4 months (that’s a quarter :-P) and iPods a couple of months. Why this ill treatment? Aren’t there enough Mac faithful in any other country? I am trying to dig up some numbers for the number of Mac users in the country. Well, when we join together, with the typical clamor that Indians are known for, we will be a force to reckon with ;-D!

Anyhoo, here goes the open request for any Mac faithful / Apple faithful in India. If you own/rent/lease Apple hardware, put in a comment. We can decide how we can get the iPhone in India.