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Fake Advert Fools iPhone & iPad Owners

An advert that has been circulating around on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter has fooled some iPhone and iPads owners into believing that their device is waterproof with the latest iOS version installed.

The fake poster that has been circulating around has been designed to look very similar to Apple’s traditional methods. With a white background, a picture of an iPad and iPhone with neat text, it is understandable how owners believed that the advert was real.

Such statements on the poster read, “Update to iOS 7 and become waterproof.” The explanation of how the device was suddenly waterproof because of the new iOS version. This statement read, “In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone’s power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone’s delicate circuitry.”

To further entice owners to test this new feature, a statement at the bottom of the poster read, “Waterproofing covered by Apple’s warranty policy”

Naturally the iOS upgrade hasn’t made the iPhones and iPads waterproof and has left some owners very disgruntled as they now have a broken device.

Some owners have taken to Twitter to express their outrage. On person wrote, “Whoever said ios7 was waterproof **** you,” and another person also wrote, “Wtf iOS7 isn’t waterproof!! Now my phone’s at the bottom of the river.”

It is believed that the fake advert started on the 4chan forum which has a chequered past. Last year, fake screenshots which were made out to be written by Adam Lanza were posted on its message boards before he attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Naturally, those who fell for the ad and decided to submerge their device in water have been left angry, frustrated and out of pocket as many warranty policies do not cover water damage.

Something else to consider is whether the owners had backed up the data on their device before submerging it in water. It is important that if you are ever going to be testing or adjusting any configurations on a device that can result in the device failing altogether, that a successful backup is taken before. This is also relevant if you are planning on making significant changes to a computers or server if you do not want to run the risk of potentially losing data.

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