- 04-23-2010, 03:17 PM #26
Go ask a random person on the street when new iPods come out. They have no idea and it's been happening at the same time every year for sooo many years now. People know even less about the iPhone. Trust me, people DON'T remember when new iPhones come out. I have to remind people ALL THE TIME (because they all ask me if/when they should buy an iPhone).
- 04-23-2010, 05:05 PM #27
@Ender, going to side with Jello on this as well. This is for sure costing the company money now in terms of man hours and damage control as well as very possibly affecting sales figures for the next few months. Even those who knew an iPhone was coming didn't know just what it was and may have saddled up for a 3GS upgrade if not for the new camera, HD, etc. This story has gone far beyond the blogosphere, it made Letterman's Top 10 this week!
And their current stock price is irrelevant as far as this incident goes. An employee cost the company money and embarrassment through neglect. Period.
All this "it's just a mistake, we all could have done it" is beyond sympathy in my opinion. Forgetting to put a stamp on an envelope is a mistake, not forwarding an email to the right person is a mistake, breaking a company's legendary secrecy policy through sheer neglect is a f**k up of major proportions. Of late, I have not seen any better grounds for termination outside of the Catholic church. I don't see this as harsh or vengeance at all, I see it as common sense.
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- 04-24-2010, 02:42 AM #30
Ender, you are right and that's what gets to me. My thoughts are more of a backlash to the overwhelming willingness within the internet community to support his "mistake" and forgive it. Despite the logic, Apple is now in a PR nightmare. They don't gain anything and will certainly lose public support by canning the guy. I'm not going to be a hypocrite and say that I didn't follow the story and relish in the pics and info of the next iPhone - I followed it everyday with gusto.
But at the same time, I don't work at Apple and I don't (sadly) own their stock. Basically, whatever position or responsibilities he held within the company have to be far and gone. Do they stick him in the mail room or what? While I can say that I would fire the guy, I can't say that it would be Apple's best choice at this point whether it is right or wrong.
I also think there is another issue Apple should address: While everyone understands the need for Apple to test their projects in the wild, perhaps their choice of who to give this responsibility to needs to be addressed. In other words, maybe this guy should not have had the phone in the first place if they want to keep their devices so secret. Not an absolution, but perhaps they should not be giving these things to anyone but high level security folks that may not leave them on a barstool.
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