May 6 2014, 3:21am CDT | by Ahmed Humayun
Some of us probably might have gotten our hopes up too high regarding Apple’s EarPods with iBeacon integration and built-in heart rate sensors only to be disappointed. Quite some hype had been created about Apple releasing these new headphones and the internet had been going all frothy-mouthed over it. As it turns out, all this was a big hoax and the source from where this leak came in from has apologized for not only putting out this news but also for failing to correct sites that reported it as fact and failing to reach out to people who contacted him to confirm his story. Apparently, the source had just let this whole leak spread over the internet and did nothing about it.
It all began with a post on Secret. The social networking site allows people to post their secrets and one random person, who had merely been toying around with this new idea, posted about the earphones on the site. The major problem was not created by the lack of confirming sources and everything but it was because of the other reporters who had fired up the entire thing. People were so eager to believe this because Apple had filed a patent for something similar and the company recently hired Eric Winokur from MIT who specializes in wearable medical devices and this gave fuel to the hoax.
Ahmed Humayun is a technology journalist bringing you the hottest tech stories of the day.
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