Tony Fadell denies buying Apple's Product (RED) Mac Pro, gold EarPods at auction

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Though he was pictured holding the items, former Apple executive Tony Fadell has revealed he did not purchase a Product (RED) Mac Pro or a set of gold EarPods at a charity auction.

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Fadell took to Twitter on Friday to dispel speculation that he had bought the items at a Sotheby's auction in New York City last month. Earlier this week, a pair of photos showed him with both items, which led to the incorrect assumptions that he was now the owner.

The pictures were posted by noted photographer Kevin Abosch on Twitter, who even claimed that Fadell was "already trying to hack" the Product (RED) Mac Pro. Abosch also said Fadell "stopped by" to show off the items, though it's now been revealed he is not the true owner.

"To be clear, I'm not the owner of either," Fadell wrote on Twitter. "The real owner will reveal themselves if they so choose."

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The comments seem to suggest that one person did indeed purchase both of the extremely limited items crafted by Apple's design chief Jony Ive. They were part of a series of items auctioned off in November to benefit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The event proved popular, with the red-colored Mac Pro becoming the most expensive PC ever sold, at a price of $977,000. The gold EarPods also went for $461,000, meaning those two items alone cost their owner more than $1.4 million.

Fadell's tenure at Apple is best remembered for his role in creating the iPod, Apple's best selling media player. He has since moved on to found Nest, a home automation company that sells a connected thermostat and a smoke detector.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 17

    Even the rumors about things that aren’t even rumor material are fake!

  • Reply 2 of 17
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    Even the rumors about things that aren’t even rumor material are fake!


     

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    Even the rumors about things that aren’t even rumor material are fake!


    He probably just doesn't want the world to know that he has $1.4 million in computer equipment in his home.

  • Reply 3 of 17
    I think without a doubt he bought them. If someone had bought them, why would fadell be in possession of them? These are irreplaceable, one of a kind items. No one is going to let their friend take a $1,000,000 computer that belongs to them out on the street
  • Reply 4 of 17

    Kudos to the fake pictures !!

     

    That Photoshop work was extremely convincing :wow:

  • Reply 5 of 17
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    He probably just doesn't want the world to know that he has $1.4 million in computer equipment in his home.


    Probably his wife found out, and he's like "No honey, I bought them online, really!!  Don't you look gorgeous today, did you do something to your hair?"

  • Reply 6 of 17

    Lol  I love the comments in the this thread.   

  • Reply 7 of 17
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    The comments seem to suggest that one person did indeed purchase both

     

    I haven't read his Twitter posts, but your Twitter snippet does conclude by saying "if they so choose"

  • Reply 8 of 17
    robertsm wrote: »
    I think without a doubt he bought them. If someone had bought them, why would fadell be in possession of them? These are irreplaceable, one of a kind items. No one is going to let their friend take a $1,000,000 computer that belongs to them out on the street

    Yeah, I wouldn't let this Tony fella(if that's his real name) put his grubby paws all over my million dollar custom Mac. What the hell does he know? /s
  • Reply 9 of 17
    Alright then. Let's get back to ignoring Tony Fadell.
  • Reply 10 of 17

    Ballmer bought them for his kids.

  • Reply 11 of 17
    So, while I am glad AppleInsider published this to correct their previous article, why wasn't this confirmed BEFORE the original article was posted? He was only a tweet away!
  • Reply 12 of 17
    djd214 wrote: »
    So, while I am glad AppleInsider published this to correct their previous article, why wasn't this confirmed BEFORE the original article was posted? He was only a tweet away!

    That would be journalism. This site is just an ad server with clickbait. Powered by Huddler.
  • Reply 13 of 17
    ...material are fake!

    What? Those items are fake? (see how easy it is to create a rumour)
    Powered by Huddler.

    Underpowered I'd say.
  • Reply 14 of 17
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,179moderator
    Alright then. Let's get back to ignoring Tony Fadell.

    :lol:

    Did you notice these kind of articles get more and more common where they say one thing as almost absolute fact and then 1-2 days later they go 'nah, never mind, it wasn't true'. Like Samsung selling so few watches and everybody was all over it, then another article comes out and changes it all. We'll probably have to start giving articles a 2 day settling-in period before commenting on them just in case the story changes.

    This story was originally based on Kevin Abosh's Twitter feed and it doesn't even mention Fadell as a buyer:

    https://twitter.com/kevinabosch

    The comment about hacking the Mac Pro was clearly a joke about the way he was looking at the Mac Pro.
  • Reply 15 of 17
    takeotakeo Posts: 415member
    The $1,000,000 was for charity, not for a computer. The computer is not worth $1,000,000. You'd never get out of it in resale.
  • Reply 16 of 17
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    The $1,000,000 was for charity, not for a computer. The computer is not worth $1,000,000. You'd never get out of it in resale.

    Thanks for clearing that up. You clearly don't think much of the level of intellect around here.

  • Reply 17 of 17
    takeotakeo Posts: 415member
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    Originally Posted by StruckPaper View Post

     

    Thanks for clearing that up. You clearly don't think much of the level of intellect around here.


     

    Someone said he didn't want people to know he had 1.4 million worth of computer equipment. I was responding to that. Is that okay with you?

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