16 Jul 07New iPhone Rumor Has Apple Web Abuzz.

The Apple rumor world kicked into overdrive again today as evidence of a tantalizing new iPhone in the works was revealed.

First reported by Engadget, a chain email featuring a humorous picture of a monkey using a telephone was forwarded to someone from an Apple email address, setting off a chain reaction of speculation of an upcoming iPhone specifically designed for monkeys.

Apple Insider then picked up the news and proclaimed “Clearly this means that Apple intends to deliver a monkey-enabled version of the iPhone.”

Think Secret had a different take. “Clearly this means that everyone who buys an iPhone Pro, which is coming out next week, will get a free monkey.”

And Mac OS Rumors said “Apple will introduce crank-powered monkeys at a special event on the Apple campus tomorrow. The phone is just a red herring.”

But not everyone was as sanguine about the iPhone/monkey rumors.

“This is ridiculous,” said the iPhoneless Merlin Mann. “Someone sent someone a picture of monkey. It doesn’t mean anything!

“Besides, who’s to say the current iPhone was not designed for monkeys?

“And I think you know what I mean by that.”

33 Responses to “New iPhone Rumor Has Apple Web Abuzz.”

  1. arturus says:


  2. arturus says:

    Slow today.

  3. Glenn Fleishman says:

    10th caller gets a new mPhone (monkey phone)

  4. 4. 5. says:

    That doesn’t look like an iPhone to me, unless that is Rev 2.

  5. 4. 5. says:

    That doesn’t look like an iPhone to me, unless that is Rev 2.

  6. OMGHAX says:

    This should be great news for Monkeys, because as you all know, Monkeys are very under-represented in the world of wireless communications.

  7. Carl says:

    “Apple refused to comment on this story, but their press agent’s breath did smell suspiciously of bananas…”

  8. UhhhDude says:

    I’ll scream like a chimp and fling my poo, if that means I get a free iPhone out of the deal.


  9. Ace Deuce says:

    Hate to be picky (not really), but a chimpanzee is not technically a monkey, and the photo clearly shows a chimp calling the Kremlin on the Hot Line circa 1961.

    Also, most Tarzan movies and the TV series erroneously showed a chimp called Cheetah as Tarzan’s little buddy when those who know the truth about fiction will tell you it should have been a small monkey named N’kima.

    Al Franken’s Google-Monkeys would have caught this error.

  10. Nxxx says:

    You look much better in your new photograph, John.

  11. redeyebase says:

    Ace Deuce – keep ur pickiness to yourself. Monkey, chimp, Tarzan, Cheetah, N’kima – it’s all the same to John.

  12. Huh? says:

    So simple even a monkey could use it.
    I believe you all know to which ‘IT’ I refer.

    No! Not that one.
    The other one….

  13. NKOTB Fanatic says:

    Well, clearly monkey-enabled iPhone has bridged the gap between monkey and chimpanzee just as iPod bridged the gap between metrosexual Apple nerd and preppy high school cheerleader. Hopefully, it will also bridge the gap my ex-wife and me (monkeyless iPhone only reunited me with my estranged father and nothing more). Oh, Brianna! Take me back!

  14. fatbo says:

    i can has iPWN?

  15. cberlin says:

    This is the first indication that Apple is getting into content big time! If enough monkeys type enough words into the iPhone (er, mPhone) it could be a re-viralization of Shakespeare.

    Imagine it – uncopyrighted plays, scripts, screenplays, lyrics and jingles. Jeeha!

  16. Mark says:

    Seven words:

    Monkey sex-bot

  17. Streetrabbit says:

    1st post from monkey friendly PSP.

    Wow! Only took 25 minutes to type on monkey friendly keypad.

    Now, back to lemmings.

  18. Miiphone says:

    That’s not an iPhone in the picture…

    Well, I’m getting an iPhone Pro if it really comes with an iMonkey Pro too (the “Pro” means it’s toilet trained and won’t throw shit around the house, right?)

  19. Anonymous Coward says:

    To NKOTB Fanatic: Your wife may have left you because you are a NKOTB Fanatic. The only way to get her back is to buy an iPhone or an mPhone and listen to NKOTB on it. The iPhone will make her want you. Now here’s the important part: use the headphones. Nobody, including your wife, wants to hear that crap.

  20. Klayman says:

    guys, guys, slow down…

    that’s obviously a part of the ad campaign for the new upcoming ZunePhone, made by the same guys who came up with the “Power Together” Logo (which, btw, is now funnily enuff, gone from the page).

    Windows looks like monkey business anyways, so it’s just focusing their scope to a market they can understand…

  21. Anonymous says:

    CARS has already posted a rumor last year about Apple’s new fun product: monkeys with little hats…

    I guess it’s now coming true, but with a phone instead of a hat.

    I’ll probably wait until they release the “hat” version before I buy one…

  22. Anonymous says:

    “Hate to be picky (not really), but a chimpanzee is not technically a monkey …”

    Not a monkey at all. It’s a chimp, an ape, the genetically closest species to humans.

    Monkeys have tails. Apes do not.

  23. John Moltz says:

    OK, look, I’m still on the road looking for the Entity so Chet posted this one in my absence as the whole monkey/ape thing is a pet peeve of mine.

    I mean, Curious George? Ape. Not only that, a great ape. Not some slacker gibbon. And yet every god damn book “This is George. George was a good little monkey…”


    OK, gotta keep driving. Some farmers in Idaho thought they might have seen an energy being so we gotta keep driving.

    I never should have brought Howard as he’s not much help with the driving. And if I had brought Thor we could have done the whole thing in his Porsche.

    Instead of the Nova.

    Not that the Nova isn’t boss and all.

  24. Lurker says:

    UhhhDude, how about keeping your chimpitude inside of the border?

  25. blank says:

    If Thor came with, you’d be done by now.

    What a guy!

    Oh, and the whole monkey/ape conflation thing honks me off too. As do people who write things like “conflation.”

  26. Anomynous says:

    “You look much better in your new photograph, John.”

    Ooh, BURN!

  27. me says:

    get your hands off my iphone you damn dirty ape!

  28. Biff Whammy says:

    Oh, Brianna, won’t you cry for me?
    For I come from Cupertino with a monkey on my knee.

    Feel free to use that, NKOTB fanatic.

  29. UhhhDude, please keep your charlatan chittering inside the margins.

  30. Cap'n Groucho says:


  31. redeyebase says:

    it’s not fair. How come John gets to do all the traveling? even if it is in search of ….

  32. Anonymous Coward says:

    Robots aren’t all bad. I’d even invite this one into my humble anonymous abode.

    Tiki Bar Robot