Apple were facing fresh criticism today amid reports from users of the company’s flagship iPhone that their latest app self-destructs within three minutes of being downloaded.
The technology giants were already reeling following the discovery of a fault in their alarm application which prevented one-off alarms from activating on the first two days of 2011, leaving many users with an unwanted sleep-in.
This latest trouble to afflict the iPhone comes in the form of an application – ‘Pretentiousness Alert’ – which warns ordinary, unsuspecting iPhone owners of nearby users who may have purchased a handset simply to appear cool, or to create an impression of importance at parties.
Twitter was abuzz with posts from disgruntled iPhone users this morning, many of whom had downloaded the app only to witness a small cloud of smoke emerge from their model no more than four minutes after download. Within moments of the appearance of the smoke, the app had vanished from the phone.
“At £5.99 download cost, this is a shocking rip-off!” Tweeted one disgruntled Apple customer.
“All I wanted was to be able to avoid other pretentious iPhone twats,” blasted another.
Apple have apologised for what they say is a technical fault with the app and assure customers that a full refund will be available within two years.
It is estimated that 74% of iPhone owners bought their handset purely to appear trendy and get sex at parties.