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Apple banning sales of iPod touch/iPhones to teenagers in order to beef up security

Apple today announced that it will be banning sales of its popular iPhone and iPod touch music players to persons under 18 years of age. The move comes after 3 successful and highly publicized hackings of the devices by teenagers, who, apparently with more free time on their hands than adults, can afford to devote hours and even days to such efforts.

“We kind of hoped the release of Halo 3 would put an end to iPhone hacking,” read an Apple statement. “But that unfortunately hasn’t been the case.”

The latest Apple hacker is 13-year old Ari, who was able to create his iJailbreak program for the iPod touch in about 10 hours. “The age of these hackers is the real problem,” a rep told Macenstein. “Pressing charges against a cute little kid is a public relations nightmare. We’d prefer that all hackers be a more gawky and ‘prosecution-friendly’ 18 and over.”

The move will likely cost the company billions in lost revenue, as the teen demographic has traditionally been one of the iPhone and iPod’s biggest purchasers.

While the news seems bleak, Apple is well aware of the danger of coming off looking like the Grinch this holiday season. “We’re not leaving ‘sub adults’ out in the cold here,” a representative wrote. “Teens are still free to buy the iPod shuffle.”

Looks like it will be a Merry Christmas after all!

16 Responses to “Apple banning sales of iPod touch/iPhones to teenagers in order to beef up security”
  1. Michael says:

    Slow news day, huh guys?


  2. iGor says:


    Just added to the slow news day category

    – iGor

  3. Crystal says:

    Why can’t they just have thier parents buy it… they are the ones who buythe stuff anyway

  4. Joe says:

    What? Did you guys find this on The Onion? This is not a real story…

  5. tarqfon says:

    Macenstein is the only site I find this story. Not on macrumors. Not on appleinsider. Not on gizmodo. Not on engadget. Not on thinksecret. Not on appleinvestornews. Not anywhere else. It cannot be true.

  6. R says:

    Tarqfon, when was the last time someone accused you of being the smartest one in the room?

  7. ashergrey says:

    Wow… sarcasm is just lost on some people.

  8. Mount Kelud says:

    This can’t be true. It doesn’t make any sens, because teenagers really want to get it, they’ll just ask their parents to buy it. It must be only a rumor.

  9. Bastards says:

    I hope Apple get sued. They have really done it this time

  10. Tom says:

    In other news, popular essayist suggests Irish alleviate economic troubles by realizing the potential of children as a form of nourishment.

  11. Hindsight says:

    C’mon kids.. slap yourselves. It’s time to get out of bed. For reals. You’re the future.

  12. Gnufist says:

    Wow, I had no idea that people that could use a computer could be this stupid, this is of cause just a fun story playing on the fact that the iPhone and iPod Touch have ben hacked by teenagers.
    It is really scary that there is people like this out there, thinking of how manipulative some of our news stations can be. They wont be able to read between the lines on real important stuff when they can misunderstand this kind of stories… again WOW.

  13. tarqfon says:

    I’m not always the smartest person in the room, but I do like to hope that the rest of the room is smart of enough to not require a wink and a nod…

  14. R says:

    The wink and the nod comes from good writing. Just because you feel sarcastic doesn’t mean it reads well, dude. Wink, wink.

  15. yinyang says:

    i smell another class action is in the offing as a result of this senseless discrimination. wink, wink, nod, nod, secret handshake

  16. People, use your head; This is off course not true… But it have propably gived macenstein som extra visitors (Including me)

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