Yesterday, we told you about an interview given by Apple’s Phil Schiller where his comments made it seem like the low-price iPhone we’ve been hearing rumored lately most definitely was not in the company’s plans. Today, though, questions are arriving as to the accuracy of the initial reporting, causing us to wonder what Schiller’s real message may have been.
Unlike the Nokia story from earlier this week, where translation issues were blamed on a Steven Elop quote being misinterpreted, this time it doesn’t appear that the language barrier is at fault; instead, Reuters has withdrawn its reporting on the story, citing the Shanghai Evening News updating its original coverage with “substantial changes to its content”.
This is all a bit confusing, because we just pulled up that source again, and it seems to be generally the same thing, or at least Schiller’s quote concerning Apple’s interest in low-priced gear. Unfortunately, Reuters doesn’t go into detail on exactly what change it’s referring to, nor its impact on the original reporting.
The mystery is compounded by news from those who had reached out to Apple and verified the Shanghai Evening News piece as an officially-sanctioned interview. Frankly, at this point we’re just not sure what to think.