Even Bears Love An iPhone

Vermont woman fends off approaching bear with her iPhone

The list of tasks you can accomplish with your iPhone (taxes, blogging, babysitting) keeps getting bigger with each passing day. Still, we didn't see this one coming: A woman hiking in Vermont stopped a curious bear by tossing her iPhone at it.

I'm going to say that again, because I barely believe it myself: She stopped a bear with her iPhone.

Rowley went through her mental list of how to prevent bear attacks. Play dead? A good last resort. Pepper spray? Didn't have it. Drop a backpack to distract the bear? She wasn't wearing one. All Rowley had was her iPhone.

The bear closed within 30 feet. "In a semi-panic, I threw the phone at the bear," Rowley says.

Sure enough, the approaching bruin stopped to sniff, paw, and gnaw on the must-have Apple product. While the bear explored the limits of Apple's touch-screen technology, she escaped. But, like most Apple fans, the woman remained addicted to her crackPhone, so she returned to the scene of the crime to attempt to retrieve it. When she arrived, she found the phone bitten and clawed, but left behind. Apparently, dissatisfaction with AT&T's crappy 3G service extends to the animal kingdom.

But here's the best/worst part: She went to the Apple Store hoping to get a sympathy replacement iPhone free of charge, but sales reps denied her. (I can just imagine their sneering faces as they told her, "A bear attack, eh? Well, in that case you should've bought AppleCare.")

How strong was her addiction? She bought a new iPhone at full price. Ouch: She might've gotten to keep her precious phone, if only she'd watched our "Survive A Bear Attack video."

—Ted Alvarez

'A Bear Ate My iPhone' (CIO.com)

Image Credit: Matt and Bess