back to article iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

We had certain unavoidable production issues with this piece from our occasional "tech guru" Stephen Pie. Rather as plainly happened in the case of Stephen Fry - any other similarity between the two is purely coincidental - Mr Pie's thoughts on the iPhone 6 have had to be published almost completely without benefit of sub- …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    is it double irony

    or triple? I got lost in the layers, please somebody less sluggish this morning, could you make it clear to me?

    yawn, where's me trusted san francisco with a cracked screen... need to make a few calls...

    1. Semtex451

      Re: is it double irony

      I had my coffee, and reading that article, I very nearly shat myself

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: is it double irony

      San Fransico what a great phone for era/money and yes every single one had a craked screen!

      1. Metrognome

        Re: SanFrancisco

        Speak for yourselves.

        Both of mine work just fine, their screen is beautiful (coming as they were from the first batches that had the better screens) and thanks to some neat ROM's I'm using the 4GB card as native memory space which means it can run everything (sloooooowly) and have 100+ apps installed.

        Still, 4 years and 2 batteries later they're going strong. They're not my daily-use phone, but they've got pride of place on my bedside table, always ready to step in, in an emergency.

        Best value for money ever.

        1. phil dude

          Re: SanFrancisco

          and the ROMs didn't affect the warrany?

          I think you have just highlighted the central point - it's a nice phone- but you still have to root it.


          1. Trainee grumpy old ****

            Re: SanFrancisco

            >> and the ROMs didn't affect the warrany?

            Response 1: Warranty? After 4 years? Good luck trying to get any phone manufacturer to fix anything under warranty after so long - even if the phone had been kept in pristine condition.

            Response 2: The San Francisco was both relatively cheap and about as close to un-brickable as is possible that there were plenty who were able to take the risk of flashing it over and over again.

      2. Richard Barnes

        Re: is it double irony

        And possibly the shitest camera ever put in a smartphone.

    3. JeffyPoooh

      Re: the first iPhone "...wait until he could achieve perfection."

      Hmmm. Then explaining the iPhone "2" thru "6" might a bit awkward.


      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: the first iPhone "...wait until he could achieve perfection."

        The original guardian article now has the correction:

        This article was amended on 17 September 2014. An earlier version referred to Apple having had “all but 3%” of the personal computer market. This has been corrected to “just 3%”.

        Truth can be stranger than fiction.

    4. Al Black

      Is it triple irony?

      The ironic thing is that the "heartbreakingly dead staggering genius Steve Jobs" was stupid enough to entrust his liver cancer to a Homeopath. Homeopathy is a medical practice that claims to work by diluting various things in a solution. Homeopathy is the exact opposite of modern pharmacology in the belief that things get more potent as they become more dilute. By current laws in most countries, in order for something to be labeled as "homeopathic" it must not contain anything but the solution that the treatment has been "distilled into". Homeopathy is entirely "natural", and "harmless", because it is in most cases simply water.

      1. Vimes

        Re: Is it triple irony?

        @Al Black

        You can still drown...

    5. N13L5

      Re: is it double irony

      Hardly irony.

      Thick skin? That only gets acquired by emotional injury. Injury to what?? False identification which certain products and ideas that got derided by some hacks in the interwebs?

      Its a load of emotional baggage over things human beings should be completely and utterly aloof from.

      Only a fan boy for some corporation or other can waste his time and brain cycles in so miserable a way. Well done corporate brainwashing... Maybe it was Apple's Orwell commercial that got him.

      Or maybe the oh-so-shiny surfaces of various objects of tech-distorted desires. This kind of loving attention should be reserved for sentient beings, not dead objects.


  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I know Mr. Fry is massively overexposed on the media, and has become famous for his sagacity because he can listen to someone telling him something in his ear and regurgitate it as if he had just thought it up himself - admittedly a useful skill - but still...

    But still what?

    Come to think of it yes, it is only just parody. Carry on as you were.

    1. Yugguy

      Re: Look

      Yes, it's the same skill Paxman has and Gascoigne had on University Challenge - giving the impression that they actually KNEW all the answers to all the questions.

      1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

        Re: Look

        At least Bamber Gascoigne took the time to read the questions beforehand and research around them, so that he could make a judgement as to whether a slightly off answer could be deemed to be correct.

        Paxo can't even properly pronounce the words in any vaguely science-based question, but still manages to maintain an air of snotty self-importance.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Look

          "Paxo can't even properly pronounce the words in any vaguely science-based question, but still manages to maintain an air of snotty self-importance."

          In other words, a typical member of the British governing classes.

          1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

            Re: Look

            Really, he's a better example of the British upper middle class. Thankfully, he has no authority, other than over eight students for half an hour at a time. He does, however, manage to act as if he is a figure of authority. Whilst this might be amusing when watching him make weasly politicians squirm on national television, I would imagine that being in a room with him for any amount of time would lead to a desire to chew through the walls in order to escape.

        2. 2+2=5 Silver badge

          Re: Look

          > Paxo can't even properly pronounce the words in any vaguely science-based question, but still manages to maintain an air of snotty self-importance.

          It's the same with maths - his mask slips occasionally in that he looks surprised when a contestant successfully answers a maths question for which he himself didn't have a clue.

          But it's the sneery derision directed at the contestants for either (a) not knowing obscure Victorian poetry or (b) knowing some popular culture music answer that has the made the programme utterly unwatchable for me during his tenure.

  3. Cliff

    With sub editing...

    This is primed to appear in all the technology pages of the broadsheets columnists sections

  4. IHateWearingATie

    I read the guardian article stephen fry wrote...

    ... and this is hardly even a parody!

  5. Dave 126 Silver badge

    Was it Wednesday's Guardian or Independent...

    ... that provoked this Reg article? One or the other had a half-page piece by Stephen Fry about the iPhone 6 yesterday.

    Anyway, last time the Reg had a piece like this, its name was brought by Stephen Fry's blog to the attention of thousands of people who had never heard of it.

    I wouldn't be a regular Reg reader if I wasn't cynical, but cynicism cuts both ways.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Was it Wednesday's Guardian or Independent...

      It was The Guardian, still on the front page of the web site...

      1. PleebSmash

        Re: Was it Wednesday's Guardian or Independent...

        Check out that correction at the bottom... classic

    2. joeldillon

      Re: Was it Wednesday's Guardian or Independent...

      There's literally a link to the Guardian article at the top of the page.

  6. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Paid-for piece

    Apple commissioned The Grauniad who went to Fry?

    Did the money cover Fry's cheque and the overtime the Grauniad's mod is putting into deleting the comments below?

  7. Napoleon

    I came ...

    And i don't have yet lay my unworthy hands on this object of desire ... tomorrow ... yes tomorrow ...

  8. emmanuel goldstein

    A peasant asks...

    How, Mr. Pie, do you reconcile the paradox of Apple producing the most beautiful object in the universe without the almighty Steve running the show?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A peasant asks...

      Come now, with the passing of the Steve Jobs, he is now where he was always meant to be; controlling not only apple but the universe from the drivers seat.

  9. Piro Silver badge

    Fry is becoming less of a national treasure, and more of a national joke. This is sad.

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      National Treasures and National Jokes aren't mutually exclusive (almost the opposite, in fact)... with all the news about British politicians of late, I've been missing Screaming Lord Sutch. And Vivian Stanshall, obviously.

  10. Roy Nottroy

    Sounds like someone needs a shag.

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  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stopped reading at "early late-nineties to mid late-nineties".

    Really? What?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      re: Really? What?

      I believe it's a satirical piece, written in a style that mocks the original Guardian article/advert.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: re: Really? What?

        I see. Satire is an excuse for writing badly. All is clear now.

        1. Steven Raith

          Re: re: Really? What?

          it is IMHO, if you're ripping the overly flowery prose, language manglement and general style of the original author.

          See Troy Queef, a rip of the overly wordy and florid car mag journos.

          " What man-made metal monster would presume to peel apart the green garden of Great Britain’s inner Eastern reaches? At the risk of sounding like an ardent Australian, don’t worry; it’s Eco, Sport.

          Cleave the comma from the end of that sentiment and you arrive with elegant ease at the handle of the hot baby I am helming for this all-out, balls-out pedal across the feculent flatlands that coddle around Kettering for this morning’s wheelsmith steed is none other than the Blue Oval’s B-seg class buster, the high riding family funster they call EcoSport."

          "Firing in spicy to an especially testing switchback I make a laser guided lunge for the bullseye marked ‘apex’ and then slam shut the taps to see what reacts. The answer is a playful tail, slyly stepping sideways to get in on the action. I simply caught it with a dab of oppo and I was away.

          The Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Titanium is a bitch. And I spanked it."

          Which is a gentle tease of David Vivian, et al.

          Props to Richard Porter for that particular fake journo.

          Steven R

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: re: Really? What?

          There is no chance, I suppose, that you might be of the American persuasion?

  12. Mondo the Magnificent

    Humble Pie

    The iPhone 6's pre and post release hype has gained more press coverage than the Scottish referendum, all things ISIS, Kate and Will's second sprog and the Dalai Lama's third refusal to be allowed into South Africa. It's a fucking phone, not a pacemaker... and I so love the mix of hype and sarcasm that this is iMustHave is wrapped up in.. and with it being water resistant, Mister Fry can gag on it's beauty and functionality without his saliva ruining it..

    1. h4rm0ny

      Re: Humble Pie

      >>"Kate and Will's second sprog"

      To be fair, I actually do find new mobile phone technology more interesting than some random couple's baby, functionally no different from any other baby. So I'm going to give them that one.

      1. JEDIDIAH

        Re: Humble Pie

        > To be fair, I actually do find new mobile phone technology more interesting

        Except it's not "new technology". It's just another iteration of something that has been around for awhile now.

    2. Fungus Bob

      Re: Humble Pie

      "It's a fucking phone, not a pacemaker"

      Yes, pacemakers get smaller with each new model...

  13. bex

    Trully the jesus Phone

    If Huffpost are on the right track the iphone 6 is the second coming, and there was I thinking it was just another phone with no back button.

    1. David 138

      Re: Trully the jesus Phone

      Why would a touch phone need a button?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Trully the jesus Phone

        To turn it on of course...are you sure ur holding it correctly.

    2. N13L5

      Re: Trully the jesus Phone

      Can only hope its not the second coming, or people won't have much time to enjoy their new electronic dog leash...

  14. Yves Kurisaki

    I'm sure there's professional help for this obsession with Apple.

    Or maybe actually getting invited to an Apple event will cure it?

  15. JDX Gold badge


    El Reg's harrying of Fry is staler than Apple's R&D department.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: meh

      Havd you read the Guardian "article"? He really was asking for it.

      1. JDX Gold badge

        Re: meh

        El Reg just seems desperate to start a feud. Maybe Fry refused to sign an autograph, or maybe it's just a cheap publicity grab. But it seems rather crass to stoop to tabloid levels to choose a target of ridicule.

        1. Eponymous Cowherd

          Re: meh

          I think its a general dislike of numpties who set themselves up as tech authorities / gurus.

          Fry always comes across as a likeable enough chap, but he sure does spout some unmitigated bollocks.

        2. Martin-73

          Re: meh

          No, he actslike a pompous prat who keeps asking for it. I actually like the guy in a lot of ways, but he lacks anyone to rein him in. He knows bugger all about technology, can't understand why people don't like apple, and makes things up

      2. cambsukguy

        Re: meh

        > Havd you read the Guardian "article"? He really was asking for it.

        Especially the bit about 'real' advantage of optical stabilisation, none of that software stabilisation rubbish that the previous iPhone had but which I recall was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread.

        Jeez, I saw comparisons of Lumia 920 vs iPhone 5 and the 920 was better at almost every level, especially low light and video stabilisation.

        Well, a Lumia 1020 blows an iPhone (and a 920) away and it can have wireless charging. The fact that it is less than half the price is just icing on the cake.

        I bet a significant proportion of new iPhone users (60-70% would be my guess) will put their shiny in a case obviating all the slimness and lightness they just paid a fortune for.

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Re: meh

      Meh - I logged in just to say I'm not impressed by how much JDX is not impressed. Step your game up pal.

  16. Synkrox

    Thought I'd stumbled onto The Verge........

  17. Admiral Grace Hopper

    Embarrassing friends

    I am a happy user of an iPhone (other ecosystems are available) and as I read the original article I wanted him to STFU.

    It's a phone. With an OS. Which runs apps. FFS.

    1. Richard Taylor 2

      Re: Embarrassing friends

      Yes as a fruit enthusiast who can tell you something about my TCO, with some evidence to back it up, pieces like Fry's make me squirm. Along with spurious claims - first Mac to be imported into the UK for example (dirty I suppose) he is an embarrassment to the human race even if relatively harmless

  18. Tony Paulazzo

    I'm Tony Paulazzo and I approve this message.

    The thing that really pisses me off? not the iphone darling - I could give a fuck! It's that the Guardian will have actually paid him for that love cum drizzle splurging out of his mouth.


    Fucks sake!


    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I'm Tony Paulazzo and I approve this message.

      The Guardian doesn't have any money. I suspect Apple paid them for something else so they had the money to pay him.

      Sad about the Guardian. The rot actually got through the garboard strake when they decided to support the Lib Dems, and since then they've been letting in water all over the place, hence the unpleasant smell from the bilges.

    2. BoldMan

      Re: I'm Tony Paulazzo and I approve this message.

      +1 for the use of "gorram" :)

      1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

        Re: I'm Tony Paulazzo and I approve this message.

        +1 for the use of "gorram" :)


  19. Jeff Lewis

    If only it were really a parody...

    If you're wondering where this all comes from...

    A weeee bit too close to reality to be a parody. Makes it come across more as just whinging. Still, I get the point - Fry's 'column' does read like someone who seriously needs to walk away from the keyboard and go outside more. :)

    1. OurManInX

      Re: If only it were really a parody...

      I skipped through the Fry piece. At first I laughed at what looked like brazen trolling of the anti Apple crowd.

      Then it became obvious that he meant it, and I had to shed a tear to see even the supposed cleverest among us brought to prostituting themselves at the altar of shiny .

  20. dynjo


    No really, I gave up on the first sentence, seconds of my life I will never get back.

    Thanks for nothing Reg.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: tl;dr

      Aw, someone needs a hug.

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Re: tl;dr

      Does your iPhone have a humor filter, dynjo?

  21. muckton

    Can someone call Private Eye

    And tell them Craig Brown is out of a job. There's a brilliant new satirist on the block to take over his Diary section.

    On the other hand...

  22. ecofeco Silver badge


    The only thing that could possibly top the iPhone 6 is this snark of all time snarks!


  23. Mike Bell

    Yes, most amusing.

    But I suspect that if most El Reg readers were in possession of a Fabergé egg, they wouldn't have the faintest idea what do do with it, and instead swipe the top of it with a teaspoon to get at the yolk.

    For what it's worth, I don't think the iPhone 6 looks particularly wondrous.

    1. Richard Taylor 2

      Ehh? I thought all Reg readers knew that pliers, wirecutters and a torque wrench were the preferred approach. Teaspoons my foot - although if you wanted to scramble your Faberge egg, a hammer would be just as good.

  24. 080

    A Spoof?

    Am I the only one that thought it was a serious article by a typical fanboys? I also thought that the name Jesus Phone came from "Jeesus... how much is the iPhone?"

    1. Richard Taylor 2

      Re: A Spoof?

      I remember when I first started ha gliding being introduced to the Jesus pin. As in noticing it is coming out while in the air :-)

  25. Unicornpiss

    Drugs bad

    Well, actually they can be rather nice... Can I get some of whatever the author imbibed prior to writing this?

  26. Yugguy

    It's still 600 quid

    I can't bring myself to pay that much for a smartphone from ANY manufacturer.

  27. Hilibnist

    Prior art?

    "Get an iPhone 6 and then fucking kill yourself - if possible blow up the entire world and space and kill everyone else too - go back in time and kill your parents so that you will never have been born "

    Sounds rather like Light Metal (tm). Anybody else remember The Bishop and The Warlord sketch by Fry and Laurie? Back in the days when Fry was better with Laurie.

  28. cambsukguy

    It was a bad, bad article but...

    ... Time published an article about the Apple Watch which started with the headline:

    "... gorgeous, fast and packed with brains..."

    Time is a proper magazine, one of the very few worth reading and, whilst the article technically was asking "Do we want this intrusive tech on our person", it was really saying "Other people have done this but now Apple are doing it, it matters because it will just work and we will all be sending heartbeat readings to each other".

    Absolute crap from beginning to end, starting with the word 'gorgeous'. That is about the last adjective I would have used when I saw it, 'square' and 'bulky' came to mind first.

  29. drand

    iPhone 6 nonsense = bumgas

    Much like a baby's smile, it's actually just wind.

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    iPolar disorder

    Mocking the ifflicted? I approve.

  31. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

    Very amusing

    And it did remind me of one of my cow-orkers, out of whom the piss had to be liberally taken last week.

    However, parody often works better if it attempts at least a modicum of subtlety...

  32. Eponymous Cowherd


    An article poking fun at Fry that puts comments into pre-moderation?

    Could Mr Pie be a nom de plume for a certain Mr Orlowski?

    1. Michael Thibault

      Re: Hmmm.....

      Something about the wavelengths of the language gives me pause; Mr. AO is the usual suspect, I agree, but let's not forget this upstart ADabbs person--noob-kids-on-the-block do try harder...

      1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

        Re: Re: Hmmm.....

        It is neither.


  33. Lallabalalla

    I don't get it

    Very funny, but I could just read the Fry article, it's just as ludicrous.

    And, I feel *really* sorry for Roberto.

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    wanted to wait until he could achieve perfection with HealthKit, or Apple Maps!

  35. captain veg Silver badge

    to be fair

    Mr Fry's Graun piece is explicitly a profession of unconditional faith in the Jobsian heresy. It's just as embarassing as any other religious rant and self-invalidating as journalism.


    1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

      Re: to be fair

      Mr Fry's Graun piece is explicitly a profession of unconditional faith in the Jobsian heresy. It's just as embarassing as any other religious rant and self-invalidating as journalism. bollocks.

      Why use 25 words, when one will do?...

      1. itzman

        Re: to be fair

        Why use 25 words, when one will do?...

        Because you get paid by the word?

  36. Bunbury

    Mr Fry

    A rather good documentary by Mr Fry looked at bipolar syndrome (or whatever it's called now) - brave too as he has that syndrome. He is normally in the 'up' part of the cycle and confessed that part of the nature of that for him is that he becomes fixated on gadgets and believes them to be wonderful. so much so that he purchases far more of them than he can use, partly because he has the money and partly because he just likes them.

    So I'd view his article as perhaps reveling more about his condition thaan the gadget itself.

    1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

      Re: Mr Fry

      So, what you are suggesting is that one would have to be suffering the acute effects of an actual psychiatric condition to consider the iPhone worth purchasing? Carry on...

      1. Darryl

        Re: Mr Fry

        My mother in law has bipolar disorder and she doesn't have an iPhone.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Mr Fry

          But I do - really - and have an iPhone. I just don't seek to be paid to write bollox about things I don't understand.

          1. JDX Gold badge

            Re: Mr Fry

            But if someone offered you the money you'd probably do it, which is the case here.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I suspect part of my issues with apple is the fact that around here they actually lock up change management for two weeks around an apple phone release. Cant do crap that needs to be done. Because "Oh Jezus Its An iPHONE launch".

    And long and short, we sell *far* fewer of them than any other line of phones. I really don't understand the business sense of it. (Yes, I actually do have the stats to back that up)

    Anon for the obvious.

  38. chipper_16

    Did I miss something?

    Apple have a new phone out?

    I must have missed the announcement....

  39. itzman
    Paris Hilton

    At last, someone who 'gets it'


  40. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It has to be pretty to make up for the fact it is so behind the times in terms of specs.

  41. JLV

    it sounded so garland flowery

    That I was going to comment a snarky "Bong, is that you doing double duty mocking Fry under a nom de plume?".

    Then I read the Guardian article and I realized it is Fry whose style is inspired by Bong instead.

    Embarassing brownnosing gush, I'd be peeved if I was Apple.

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  43. John Munyard

    I have no idea why the media get so excited when Stephen Fry says something about any Apple product.

    Aside from probably being in breach of advertising rules, because Fry is of course now utterly sponsored by Apple so it's less opinion and more "paid celebrity endorsement" the guy doesn't know squat about technology, as is proven by his almost autistic focus on everything which is good about Apple whilst conveniently ignoring what a repulsive, greedy, exploititive company it is.

  44. Timpatco

    I think the majority of your "thick skin" lies between your ears.. good grief!

  45. Lostintranslation

    Here, have a tissue.

  46. OrsonX

    I'll wait for the 6s

    That'll be the one w/o the sticky out camera...'ll be even more perfect(erer) Mr Pie!

  47. nubwaxer

    it seems the author's efforts in his creative writing class have made him a self satisfied and just too clever for his own good writer

  48. Anonymous Coward

    I can't even...

    It's a phone.

    A PHONE.

    How about some of the other important people to 'walk the earth'? Jack Tramiel, for helping make computers affordable? Clive Sinclair, for doing much the same? Or the BBC Micro team for getting kit into schools?

    Growing up, I didn't know anyone with an Apple. They were alien to me until I got one in 2006. My friends, all now working in media or tech, grew up with and learned on Commodore, Acorn, Sinclair, Amstrad et al. I should think we owe at least a nod to the people that made that happen and deposited so many future bods into the IT market, making it what it is.

    There is a ghastly sort of revisionism going on, and it's getting increasingly more important that history is not re-written North Korea style to accommodate group think and fashion.

    I'm a great believer in the right tool for the person - whatever floats your boat. But let's not yet cast statues when the credit for 'where we are' is spread among other luminaries who are denied the celebrity Mr Jobs enjoyed (?).

    1. JDX Gold badge

      Re: I can't even...

      It's not a phone. It's a computer more powerful than the desktops we grew up using, selling for a fraction of the real-terms prices of those computers, which is smaller and lighter than a Sony Walkman, and contains a phone.

      Modern phones ARE flat-out amazing, regardless of brand.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I can't even...

        JDX: Natch - I did give the wrong impression there. Of course, you're right, and I make this point regularly.

        I was just trying to communicate that this fetish-like hyperbole regarding upgrades - and, in the case of Apple - the people that create them - annoys when the rich history of home / consumer computing is being papered over with fruit symbols.

        Granted, I made that point badly and these days a phone, is definitely not a phone.

    2. Bleu

      Re: I can't even...

      Are you missing your irony bone?

  49. jai


    i thought it was a Stob article, well played sir!

  50. steve 102

    My oh my that was boring

    I gave up approx half way through as it appears I can only read so much utter junk before feeling the urge to sleep

  51. steve 102

    My oh my that was boring

    Well now i feel a tool after realising this is basically a piss take of Mr Frys disgraceful love affair with iphones. Now he really needs to change his life if he thinks any mobile phone can fall into the exquisite & beautiful

  52. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    To the spew of such a deranged mind one can only apply the kaopectate of silence ... and hope it will help.

  53. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Obviously trying to get invites to next year's Apple WDDC

    A phone that's 18 months behind where the best Android devices are, give me a break.

    A large proportion of the iPhone premium price tag is obviously to fund press smoozing. It's such a shame iFanboys can't see what their product purchases are funding.

    At minimum, El_Reg shouldn't have got a iFanboy to review the next iThing, as it could be a big shiny turd and sill be the best thing ever.

  54. Bleu

    After reading this, I had to find the original

    article of which it was a parody.

    Pretty funny, but Fry's purple prose is a parody in itself (although, no doubt, the pompous fool can't see that).

    Thanks for the laughs, Mr. Pie!

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