“Rumors generally grow deformed as they travel.” – Edward Counsel
Rumors. They’re something we’ve all heard from time to time. Our favorite kinds of rumors are those that revolve around the latest developments in technology. We were actually guilty of perpetuating rumors about the iPhone 5 (which turned out to actually be the iPhone 4S).
However, some rumors are so wild it’s hard to believe there’s any truth to them. From little iPhones to a 30-year long batter, check out there three tech rumors that turned out to be totally false:
For years, rumors have swirled that Apple would be creating a pint-sized iPhone, known as the iPhone Nano. Most reports say the iPhone Nano would be smaller to cut down on the cost of the device—therefore making a more affordable iPhone option. However, the New York Times reported in February 2011 that Apple was not, in fact, making a smaller iPhone. They pointed out that making the iPhone smaller wouldn’t necessarily make it any cheaper, and the phone would be more difficult to use. Instead, sources believe Apple is looking to cut the cost of internal iPhone components.
Y2K will be the end of the world
From the time computers were introduced until the year 1999, it was easy to shorten any year to just two digits. However, when the year 2000 neared, digital professionals realized we had a problem—shortening to two digits would become repetitive. Even though programmers were busy at work updating their computer systems, word quickly spread. Soon it was a common belief that when the calendar rolled to 1/1/2000, computer malfunctions would lead to the end of the world. Long story short, it’s now 2012, and we’re still here!
Battery that only needs to recharge every 30 years
In 2007, there were claims that a group of scientists created a battery that could hold a charge for up to thirty years! The “betavoltaic” battery was said to use a non-nuclear form of radioactive material for power, but was completely non-toxic due to the thinness of the batteries. The folks at Engadget thought it was too good to be true, and found sources to confirm that the “betavoltaic” was too good to be true.
What other tech rumors would you add to this list?