Another Apple product announcement means another opportunity for Jimmy Kimmel to mess with people. For whatever reason, if you have a camera, people will believe pretty much anything you tell them. Last year, Kimmel showed people the old iPhone and told them it was the new one. This year it’s not even a phone, it’s an iPad Mini.
In this new Jimmy Kimmel video, a crew from the show capitalizes on Appleâ€™s recent iPhone announcement by tricking folks into thinking theyâ€™re holding the iPhone 5S, when really itâ€™s just last yearâ€™s iPad mini.
The last night host, actually, was trying to prove that most people can’t tell the difference between the old and the new iPhones.
“The ‘S’ stands for ‘shut up and give us your money,'” Kimmel said of the iPhone 5S.
He added: “While Technophiles will probably be up all night analyzing every detail of the new phones, I believe that most people will not be able to tell the difference between the new models and the old models.”
The comedian had “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” staffers Â to approach unsuspecting people on Hollywood Boulevard and show them the iPad mini, telling them it’s the new iPhone 5S. Most of Kimmel’s suspects have no idea what they’re actually holding in their hands.
Phones have been getting rather large over the last few years, so itâ€™s not a stretch that people can be tricked into thinking a tablet is a phone, or vice versa, says TechnoBuffalo.
The iPhone 5 is 5-inches and the true iPhone 5S remains that size. The iPad mini has a 7.9-inch display and is not equipped with Retina which only makes the video more entertaining.
One guy actually held the tablet to his ear like a phone while many of the people interviewed said they thought the “iPhone” was lighter than previous models, even though the iPad mini they were holding weighs nearly three times as much as the previous iPhone model.
Another wince-worthy moment was seeing the pretty young girl licking the screen to â€śtasteâ€ť a flavor, as the correspondent urged her to try it. Though the woman being interviewed hesitates, she eventually licks the tablet.
“I can’t really taste it,” the woman says before licking the iPad mini a second time.
“Oh, I can taste it!” she says after a second try, even though “click it and lick it” is not a real feature. “Oh, that’s so weird.”
Kimmel does bring up the mention of the TouchID, the fingerprint sensor found only on the iPhone 5S model. The biometric sensor is hidden beneath the home button which is an easy location for many consumers.
Instead of customers typing in their four digit code, a customer can use their fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone and makes iTunes store purchases. Some customers are wondering where the information is stored, especially since the NSA has been knocking on Appleâ€™s doors, notes the Guardian Express.
Nevertheless, many customers are excited about the sensor, as some question the motives and need for it.