The Internet has eyes like a hawk; its able to catch every time a person or company makes a promotional blunder, which usually has something to do with advertising a rival product or brand on an iPhone.
The latest mishap involves Taiwanese smartphone company HTC, which recently tweeted a photo of its special edition 24-carat gold HTC One M9 smartphone. The smartphon was designed in celebration of the UCL final, according to HTC.
Remember those hawk eyes we talked about? Blogger Rene Ritchie was able to make out an iPhone 6 in the reflection of the gold HTC One M9 and took a screencap of HTC’s tweet before the company took it down.
â€” Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) June 5, 2015
Embarrassing as this may be, HTC is not the only rival tech company that has had Apple “mysteriously” appear within its marketing.
Many will remember in 2012, when Oprah tweeted about the Microsoft Surface tablet being on of her “favorite things,” from her iPad.
In 2013, Alicia Keys was the global creative director for BlackBerry, when she may or may not have sent out a tweet quoting rapper Drake’s song “Started From The Bottom” on an iPhone. Keys claims that her Twitter account was hacked. But BlackBerry ended its affiliation with Keys in 2014.
Last month, Google launched a series of smartphone cases with EDM artist Skrillex, immediately after which Skrillex sent several tweets from his iPhone.
So at least HTC is in good company. And the gold HTC One M9 is still very pretty.