The Internet is an extremely powerful tool that can be used for spreading messages of kindness as well as hate. Also, it can sometimes make people do foolish things. In another instance where common sense seems to have failed miserably, a viral prank video on YouTube made certain people believe that 3.5mm audio jack can be drilled into an iPhone 7.
The viral video, posted by YouTube channel TechRax, shows US-based Ukrainian Taras Maksimuk drilling a headphone jack, which was famously removed from the latest iPhone models, into an iPhone 7’s speaker grille. In his description about the video, Maksimuk has written “This video is for those who don’t want to get $159 wireless AirPods or have to insert your headphones into an adapter every time you listen to music.”
The video has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube since the time it was uploaded.
In the comment section of the video, several people have explained how they ended up destroying their smartphones after assuming that it was a genuine tutorial.
Even though Maksimuk has earlier uploaded videos in which he has destroyed iPhone models and in his channel description he says “Smashing technology since 2011,” several people absurdly decided to take the video on its face value.
Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and started shipping EarPods that can be plugged into Lightning port, which was earlier used for just charging. The company now also offers wireless headphones called AirPods.
The company’s decision to remove the headphone jack received mixed reaction overall from users, but invited some strong criticism even ahead of its actual announcement.
In the In the light of the entire episode, it is highly advisable to check the source for information before learning anything from Internet. If not, at least you will have a nice story to tell your grandchildren.