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Jimmy Kimmel skit convinces people that their old iPhone is the new iPhone 7

By Shawn Knight
Sep 12, 2016
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  1. If you’re familiar with late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, you’re well aware of just how much he enjoys filming pranks – especially those related to Apple devices – for his show. In his latest segment, he sent a camera crew out to Hollywood Boulevard and asked people if they wanted to try out the iPhone 7.

    The catch, of course, is that the iPhone 7 hasn’t even been released yet. How did they get around this hurdle? Simple – they took the person’s existing iPhone, cleaned the screen, put it in a new case and told them it was a prototype iPhone 7 that had all of their existing settings thanks to a new “instant transfer” feature.

    The results are, predictably, quite hilarious and highlight why most people have no business “reviewing” tech gadgets (or maybe it’s that people will say anything to be on TV?). Worse yet, some were even convinced to hand over $50 in order to keep the “new” phone.

    If you liked this video, you might also enjoy this segment where people are told that a $20 Casio watch is the new Apple Watch or this clip in which people willingly give up their passwords on national television.

    Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus arrive on September 16.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    Those iSheep bimbo's & that meathead probably sit higher up the IQ ladder than the stereotypical iSheep. It makes one shudder to think such people exist but they do, and in their droves.
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2016
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 909   +384

    The mentality of your average cell phone user. Probably could do this with pretty much 99% of cell phone users.
     
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,541   +2,337

    The catch, of course, is that the iPhone 7 hasn’t even been released yet. How did they get around this hurdle? Simple – they took the person’s existing iPhone, cleaned the screen, put it in a new case and told them it was a prototype iPhone 7 that had all of their existing settings thanks to a new “instant transfer” feature.

    The results are, predictably, quite hilarious and highlight why most people have no business “reviewing” tech gadgets (or maybe it’s that people will say anything to be on TV?).


    So, let me get this straight.

    They dolled up olds phones to make them look like new phones, invented a perfectly plausible narrative, and somehow this highlights why normal folk have no business reviewing tech gadgets?
     
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  5. fl21289

    fl21289 TS Booster Posts: 59   +38

    And this video shows why I don't care for apple... People will believe anything you tell them... Andorid ftw.
     
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  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Normal folks don't review tech gadgets, normally it's done by people that have been at it at least a couple tries and do their research before.

    That aside, and as @davislane1 says, they clean it up make a perfectly plausible scheme and people of course buy it, it's even less far fetched than when someone calls you or writes up an email phishing for information.

    Yeah because there is no way that something like this happened to an "Andorid" user... because every last one of them have sky high IQ...
     
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  7. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Guru Posts: 407   +88

    The best ones were when they went around asking Star Wars related questions as if they were UN issues.
     
  8. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Evangelist Posts: 560   +172

    Highly doubtful. Hand me a new Android phone and I can probably tell you what it is unless it's junk.
     
  9. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 134   +23

    You know the phrase a picture/video is worth a thousand words? This say's it all.
     
  10. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 204   +118

    These "normal" people believed that the screens were better, the phone was lighter and that you could transfer all their data and details to a new phone in seconds without needing to get past any security... the first girl was even ready to unlock her phone despite not even questioning the wisdom of doing so. I'm guessing most of us on this site wouldn't fall for this as we are in no way your average tech muggles as these people clearly are.
     
  11. gingerbill

    gingerbill TS Addict Posts: 227   +50

    It's saddens me that lots of people who can't afford it pay $600 for a phone .
     
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  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,541   +2,337

    Of course they did. This gag uses the same beginner level persuasion and influence tactics that car salesmen use to get minivan shoppers to leave the lot with a brand new Porsche. What's not being shown is all the cut footage of the multitude of people who didn't lose their critical faculties because of camera crew hypnosis.

    90% of this site's regulars fall for these tactics all the time. Simply take a look at all the Android vs Apple comments that automatically get posted to this article that claim their phone is better because of (a) features the other people don't care about, or (b) that "my" peer group is better than "their" peer group:

    Suggesting you can't be sold is the first sign that you have been.
     
  13. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,553   +854

    anyone on techspot is not going to be remotely close to the "average cellphone user"
     
  14. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    I'm thinking more and more in the Microsoft hate-wagon.

    Don't feed the troll, it's one of those hardcore fanboys that when you say something that's not positive to them you are immediately the opposite fanboy side.

    Yeah I wouldn't run to this kind of assumptions so fast, there is enough fanboy-ism around to make anything gullible (Example above), with really basic troll like replies.

    I'm seriously not understanding how not anyone posting in here even thought about the African princes sending emails about needing your help or mr smith from the UN giving you a fund. When it's really too good to be true and normally is, someone is falling for it. That's how phishing scams occur.
     
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  15. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 204   +118

     
  16. noc81

    noc81 TS Enthusiast Posts: 79   +29

    The saddest part is that this isn't even limited to Apple users, but most cell phone users in general..

    Makes me think of a cook I work worth, struggling to get by on $12 an hour, who somehow got $700+ together to get a new Note 7. He doesn't play games, or use his phone for anything other than texting, calls, and facebook -- but for some reason he just needed this ridiculously priced device.

    And here I am on my $9 Moto E 4g, which still fits in my pocket and has a cheap rubberized body that has survived countless drops, and it works completely fine for practically everything I need it for -- albeit with a few ms delay when doing normal tasks, compared with $500+ flagships.
     
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  17. ClintNotYou

    ClintNotYou TS Rookie

    iPhone = gullible
     
  18. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Let me fix this for you.
     
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  19. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    I want to know how many people didn't fall for it.
     
  20. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Booster Posts: 187   +88

    LOL at the hate bandwagon. Mind your own devices people.
     
  21. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    Probably a bunch, but they didn't make the cut that was shown to audiences. People also don't like disagreeing with someone when they put a camera in their face.

    And this isn't even considering that he very easily could have just walked up to people and said 'Want to be on Jimmy Kimmel? Pretend you think this is the new iPhone, ok?'

    And this stunt has been done before - probably with the last iPhone and the one before that.

    Get new stuff, Jimmy.
     
  22. fastvince

    fastvince TS Enthusiast Posts: 68   +19

    Hahahahahahhahhahaha....you can't fix stupid !
     
  23. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 135   +51

    I think kimmel (or someone else, probably kimmel) did this last year making people think theyre iphone 5 was a 6 and they fell for it......now the same is happening from 6 to 7 rofl......this truly shows how much iphones change with each release........they don't LOL. how did they not check for the headphone jack wtffffffffffffffffffffffffffff.
     
  24. Kotters

    Kotters TS Member Posts: 44   +17

    No. They took a microfiber cloth to the screen and tossed it in a cheap case.
     
  25. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    yea, I also wonder that. People playing dumb that is.
     

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