Since the launch and rise of Apple’s coveted iPhone the mainstream media has been quick to jump on any story where thieves are specifically targeting Apple users. Usually due to the fact the iPhone is seen as high-end, luxury device in comparison to its Android counterparts, despite now having an entry price tag lower than most of its comparable competitors.
While the price isn’t preventing the average smartphone user from grabbing an iPhone anymore, thieves still seem to be targeting iPhone users, presumably for their high resale value, with a report from NBC New York profiling a pair of robbers in upper Manhattan choosing to not take Android and other non-iPhone devices found on their victims.
A pair of would-be robbers targeting Columbia students in upper Manhattan seem to be rather picky as they prowl. Twice at 526 114th St., and once at 556 114th St., the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones, police said. The first victim complied, but the second only had a Droid, according to police. The thieves apparently didn’t want a Droid — so they took cash instead.
While one student notes, “I think it speaks to the resale value of an iPhone,” another said, “It’s insulting they don’t want my BlackBerry.” Another student interviewed by NBC on the nearby Columbia campus said, “I don’t like mine [BlackBerry], I’m waiting to get an iPhone myself”. Police have yet to catch their two suspects, but are hoping someone recognizes the men shown briefly in snapshots in the video above, and one suspect caught on surveillance video here.