Okay, Apple’s iPhone isn’t delayed, contrary to Engadget’s market-moving retracted story this morning. The incorrect news whacked Apple’s stock, taking it down almost 3% on what now seems to been a spoofed email somehow inserted into Apple’s internal email system.
This is a bigger deal than a blog getting a story wrong. Why? Because this was almost certainly done for market manipulation, with someone — Russian hackers again? — inserting this into the Apple network, knowing it would get out and hook someone, while allowing them to trade against the news.
Original Apple email
From: Bullet News
Date: May 16, 2007 9:09 AM CDT
Subject: Mac OS X Leopard and iPhone Delayed
Mac OS X Leopard Delayed Until January
iPhone Delayed Until October
REGIONS: Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, Latin America, United States
GROUPS: AppleCare, Retail
issued a press release today announcing that iPhone which was scheduled
to ship in June, has been moved to October and the release date for Mac
OS X Leopard has been moved to January next year. A beta version of Mac
OS X Leopard will be given to developers at the Worldwide Developers
Apple email redaction
Date: May 16, 2007 10:47 AM CDT
Subject: NEWS: Disregard Bullet*News Sent May 16 at Approximately 9 a.m. Central–AP/CA/EU/JP/LA/US
You may have received what appeared to be a Bullet*News from Apple. This communication is fake and did not come from Apple.
Apple is on track to ship iPhone in late June and Mac OS X Leopard in October.