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Apple reveals S in iPhone 4S is reference to Sibal

Gursimran Khamba tells you why Sibbal and Steve have more in common than an 'S'. He says that while millions of users wait for their iPhone 4S to be activated, CEO Tim Cook announced that the S in 4S was not a tribute to Steve Jobs, but to Indian telecom minister Kapil Sibal...

brunch Updated: Oct 20, 2011 13:36 IST
Gursimran Khamba

While millions of users wait for their iPhone 4S to be activated, CEO Tim Cook announced that the S in 4S was not a tribute to the legendary Steve Jobs, but to Indian telecom minister Kapil Sibal. CEO Tim Cook said, "Steve in his final days had been thoroughly inspired by the minister's zeal in making obsolete tablet technology reach millions of Indians who didn't know any better. In Sibal he saw a little bit of himself - the same smugness, the glib talking ability and staying foolish".

Sibal, who launched the world's cheapest tablet christened "Aakash", presumably after a failed surface-to-air missile of the Indian armed forces had become the talk of the global tech community ever since he announced the project last year. Analysts had then hailed the Aakash as the Tata Nano of tablets - a moniker that came true because like the Nano, the Akash costs more than the advertised price, doesn't really have many takers and is said to catch fire just for the f**k of it.

Apple loyalists however, were not amused. Stephen, one of the millions of losers who stood in line for two days outside an Apple store just to buy the iPhone 4S said, "I only wanted to buy thinking it was named after Steve! Next you'll tell me that because it answers all my questions the phone's software is named after Siri Siri Ravishankar! WTF?"

Tim Cook also said that Apple was planning to launch a new variant of the iPhone 4S for the Indian market built from reinforced steel; incase one wanted to randomly beat the sh*t out of people. "There has been a lot of demand for this from states such as Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. We are planning to call it the iPhone 4 Sene."

Gursimran Khamba is a pissed off writer, stand up comic, podcaster, social media junkie and lover of all fried foods. Except bananas. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/gkhamba

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