Jon Stewart skewers Apple over iPhone 4G debacle(Read article summary)
Comedy Central star Jon Stewart last night took a few shots at Apple, which has been accused of mishandled the case of a missing iPhone. Zing!
And the lost iPhone scandal rolls onwards. Last night, Jon Stewart, the host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central, used a few moments of his nightly monologue to rip Apple for its handling of the iPhone fiasco â€“ and to poke fun at AT&T, which provides sporadic-at-best voice and data service for iPhone users in Stewart's (and this reporter's) hometown of New York City
â€śI know that itâ€™s slightly agitating that a blog dedicated to technology published all that stuff about your new phone," Stewart said. â€śIâ€™d be pissed too, but you didnâ€™t have to go all 'Minority Report' on his [expletive]." Stewart was referring to Gizmodo, which obtained a test version of the forthcoming Apple iPhone 4G. This week, California police raided the house of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen in search of additional information; Chen has hired a lawyer.
"I mean, if you want to break down someoneâ€™s door, why donâ€™t you start with AT&T, for Godâ€™s sake?" Stewart added. "They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone.â€ť Zing! As we have written before, AT&T has been besieged with complaints from iPhone users in recent months, who claim that the expensive smart phone performs poorly in high-density urban areas such as New York and Los Angeles.
AT&T-bashing is something of a sport at Comedy Central. In early April, as iPad fever reached its peak, the comedian Stephen Colbert brought a brand new iPad on set, and used it to make salsa. The iPad has the same touchscreen technology as the iPhone, Colbert pointed out, and the same apps. â€śAnd just like an iPhone, you canâ€™t make phone calls with it," he joked.
Actually, Stephen, that's not exactly true. A company called Truphone recently published an app giving iPad owners the power to wield their gadget like a giant iPhone. According to Truphone, all VoIP calls to other Truphone, Skype, or Google Talk users are free; you have to fork over five cents a minute to call landlines in the US.