Apple’s ‘iPhone’ silence drives rumor mill crazy

“In an interesting turn of events, a product that Apple hasn’t even announced is currently earning more attention in the press than Microsoft’s ultra-hyped, astroturfed, press-blitzed iPod Killer,” Daniel Eran writes for RoughlyDrafted.

“In fact, Apple’s still unannounced iPhone has rocketed the company’s market valuation to an all time high, meaning that Apple has made more from silence than Microsoft has earned in actual sales of its new player,” Eran writes.

“After Apple’s stock price surged to a new record high, it then retreated on further rumors that the iPhone might be delayed, only to again recover the next day. With that kind of wild publicity power, its no wonder that Apple has been biting its tongue,” Eran writes.

Eran writes, “Unfortunately, Apple’s silence leaves the iPhone-curious stuck with the writings of pundits, many of whom are bitter that Apple has repeatedly proven them wrong in their prognostications of imminent Apple woe.”

CNET’s Michael Kanellos for example…

Full article here.

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21 Comments

  1. “Apple has made more from silence than Microsoft has earned in actual sales of its new player”

    Mirrors real life. Generally the cool kid is the one who doesn’t have to say anything and the nerdy kid who follows you around telling you stuff is not cool.

    Pretty much sums up MS and Apple

  2. “Mirrors real life. Generally the cool kid is the one who doesn’t have to say anything and the nerdy kid who follows you around telling you stuff is not cool.”

    Close, except the uncool kid is usually blabbing about how cool they really are. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. “In fact, Apple’s still unannounced iPhone has rocketed the company’s market valuation to an all time high, meaning that Apple has made more from silence than Microsoft has earned in actual sales of its new player,” Eran writes.

    Classic.

    If there is no iPhone, then AAPL is going to tank. However, I’m sure it’ll be oversold and priced below its fair market value allowing patient individual investors to pick up more shares cheaply.

    What’s so funny is to see how the stock goes up and down based on “reports” that the iPhone will be delayed for whatever reason or another. Mind you, the iPhone is a product that Apple hasn’t even made, announced, or even hinted at making publicly.

  4. Daniel Eran’s RuughlyDrafted is one of the very top mac places to
    go for free-thinking original ideas about Apple and the industry in
    which it operates. Daniel is bright, a prolific writer, and a straight
    shooter in terms of telling it as he sees it without hedging his words.
    His sharpness, clarity and conviction is very compelling for those
    of us tired of the re-hashed stuff produced by the vast majority of
    analysts that feel obligated to write their unoriginal thoughts about
    Apple because it’s their job and they measure the value of their
    work by how much public attention it gets them. That’s why it would
    almost be better to just ignore most analysts, at least the unoriginal
    ones, and the ones who are just shills for Microsoft (you all know
    who we are talking about here); however, it’s understanding that
    our friend at MacDailyNews tell us what all analysts are saying
    about Apple. MDN reports, and it’s up to us to figure out that
    those analysts’ comments are not worth anything; and it’s better
    to know what the analysts are saying than be in the dark about
    what the general public is being told by the self-appointed experts.
    Daniel Eran gives us a refreshing dose of reality, incisive analysis,
    and that makes him in a way the mac community’s own anti-analyst
    analyst. Perhaps that is why the pseudo pundits hate him and
    sabotage him at Digg and elsewhere. We could help him though,
    starting by going to his site and helping him fight Digg’s blacklisting.

  5. “Unfortunately, Apple’s silence leaves the iPhone-curious stuck with the writings of pundits, many of whom are bitter that Apple has repeatedly proven them wrong in their prognostications of imminent Apple woe.”

    I heard dat!

  6. Daniel Eran is prolific and is seriously upsetting the Microsoft Lemmings, who I see are are not satisfied with having DRM banned from Digg, but now also post comments on DRM in the name of Daniel Eran.

    They must be seriously maladjusted people..

    DRM and MDN are -the- two essential sites..

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