Everyone lies. We know we shouldn’t but sometimes it’s just too convenient. Politicians lie. Children lie. Even writers lie, and these days, Apple is a good target for lies, exaggerations, tall tales, or whatever it takes to capture a few eyeballs that roam the interwebs looking for something to read.
Technology writer Zach Epstein’s recent headline on iPhone 8:
Drop test confirms Apple totally lied about the glass back on the iPhone 8
That headline is unequivocal. Apple didn’t make a mistake about the iPhone 8’s glass back. Epstein says the company, Apple, lied about the glass back.
What’s a lie?
1. a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.
Synonyms: prevarication, falsification.
2. something intended or serving to convey a false impression;
3. an inaccurate or false statement; a falsehood.
4. the charge or accusation of telling a lie.
That about covers it. Epstein caught an Apple executive in a lie, and somehow ascertained the executive’s intention.
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X during its big September press conference a couple of weeks ago, the company said the glass backs on the phones is the strongest glass ever to be used on a smartphone. There’s no reason to beat around the bush: that was a lie.
Wow. Apple got caught. Or, did it? What did Apple’s Phil Schiller actually say? Maybe Epstein lied about what Apple’s executive said onstage while introducing the iPhone 8.
This glass is the most durable ever in a smartphone.
Durable. Not strongest. What’s the difference? Kate MacKenzie:
Durable is different than strongest, which also differs from strong which isn’t the same thing as durable. Obviously, Apple conducted tests on the new Gorilla glass to determine how good it would be under typical use (which undoubtedly included drop tests).
Only Apple knows exactly which tests they conducted to conclude the iPhone 8’s new glass front and back were the most durable ever in a smartphone. It probably doesn’t matter much because it’s glass and glass breaks.
What (sic) to see what a drop test looks like with a device that actually does utilize the strongest glass ever to be used on a smartphone? Yup, it’s the Moto Z2 Force.
Uh oh. It looks as if Epstein lied about the Moto Z2 Force. He says it’s the strongest glass ever to be used in a smartphone. Impressive, except it isn’t glass at all. It’s plastic.
Normally, you’d expect a screen like this to be covered in Gorilla Glass, but this a Z Force we’re talking about. That means we’re working with one of Motorola’s ShatterShield displays… which basically just means there’s a lot of plastic covering the flexible OLED screen.
Motorola recommends a screen protector.
My questions are basic. How did Epstein know Phil Schiller intentions to deceive? Why didn’t Epstein know the Moto Z2 Force had a plastic screen? Why would a technology writer call the Moto’s screen glass when it’s obviously plastic?