The story was posted at 11:49 am, and Apple stock immediately took nose dive…going from $107.89 to $103.42 in six minutes (11:56 – 12:02). That wiped over $4 billion off of Appleâ€™s market capitalization.
The stock mostly recovered after Engadget posted an update revealing the the information was, in fact, a hoax. Apple quickly tried to set things straight by saying â€œThis communication is fake and did not come from Apple. Apple is on track to ship iPhone in late June and Mac OS X Leopard in October.â€
Lawsuits and criminal investigations are sure to ensue any second now. If what Engadget says is true, and the information was from an internal email at Apple that was sent out maliciously (apparently), then I think Engadget is in the clear on this…but you know, somewhere a gaggle of lawyers are smiling now, because some idiot thought this would be funny.