MSNBC botches headline, says Samsung’s superficially-iPhone-like handset ‘runs Mac OS X’

MSNBC, under the headline, “Samsung unveils iPhone-like handset: Ultra Smart F700 plays music, surfs the Web, and runs version of Mac OS X,” carries a report from The Associated Press today:

“Samsung Electronics Co. has unveiled a new mobile phone that features some of the sleek design and functions of Apple Inc.’s much-hyped iPhone,” the Associated Press reports.

AP reports, “Samsung’s Ultra Smart F700 will be exhibited at next week’s 3GSM World Congress, a telecommunications exhibition in Barcelona, Samsung spokeswoman Sonia Kim said Friday.”

“Mobile phone makers have been scrambling to match the iPhone, unveiled last month by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The device, which will be available starting in June, marks the iPod and Macintosh computer maker’s entry into the mobile phone business,” AP reports.

AP reports, “The ultra-thin iPhone is controlled by touching the screen a large touch screen, plays music, surfs the Internet, and runs a version of the Mac OS X operating system, among other functions.”

Full article here.
Note to MSNBC headliner writer: the AP report says that Apple’s iPhone “runs a version of the Mac OS X operating system.” Nowhere does AP claim that Samsung’s superficially-iPhone-like Ultra Smart F700 “runs a version of the Mac OS X operating system.” Samsung’s meager press release only states their phone features a “Flash UI.”

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[UPDATE: 8:00pm EST: MSNBC has now revised the headline to read: “Samsung unveils iPhone-like handset: Ultra Smart F700 has slide-out key pad, large touch-screen.”]

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32 Comments

  1. Proof that MS has trouble with copying. They can’t even copy an article from AP (or understand it). Imagine the result when they try to copy an entire OS. Yep, you got it: Vista. A crappy OS X copy at best. A repackaged Windows Server 2003 with eye-candies at worst.

  2. Just a thought here –

    Might Apple be Licensing interface technology to someone like Samsung or Nokia or Motorola et. al? Why not? Unlike computers, Apple is starting at the beginning of touch-screen phones, and the clearly put much research into it. Why not recoup some of the R&D through licensing?

    This might finally bring some simple standardization to the stupid interface on ALL brands of mobile phones. I think they are ALL annoyingly complex. I for one would welcome Apple’s GUI approach to cell phones. I’ve been using Apple products since 1985 largely because of reliability of the hardware, and the obvious time and expense put into making the user interface as simple as possible.

    Besides if folks like using easy to use Cell phones, they might opt for easy to use computers , ipods, ITV’s etc. etc. Compared to other brands. The obvious familiarity of the phone functions to other functions in other devices would make the purchase decision less complicated for average folks.

    Unlike computers, you really don’t choose the interface for your phone, Digital Camera, etc. Embededed OS is the next big thing, and the I phone is the first step in this direction. If Apple can get Samsung, Motorola, Nokia and one or two others to use their touch screen technology, then who are the carriers to argue.

    Just a thought..

  3. Is it just me, or does the MDN take make no sense?

    “MSNBC, the AP report says that Apple’s iPhone “runs a version of the Mac OS X operating system.” Nowhere does AP claim that Samsung’s superficially-iPhone-like Ultra Smart F700 “runs a version of the Mac OS X operating system.” “

    The first quote from the AP report is either wrong, or the entire sentence is ill-conceived.

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