A YouTube hoax appears to have convinced some iPhone 7 owners to destroy their brand new devices, all in the name of wired headphones.
The video, uploaded by YouTuber TechRax, has already been viewed 7.8 million times, and has garnered over 82,000 dislikes as well as over 116,000 likes.
The description says: "This video is for those who don't want to get $159 wireless airpods or have to insert your headphones into an adapter every time you listen to music. "
It shows the iPhone 7 being held steady in a metal clamp, before having a hole drilled into the bottom corner of the body. When the roughly-hewn hole is completed, the existing headphone cable is plugged in.
And while many of the comments are from users trolling or playing along with the gag, it appears that some YouTube users may have fallen for the prank. Several YouTube users claimed they tried the drilling "upgrade" with miserable results.
Just got the new iPhone 7, if you drill a hole at the bottom there is a hidden headphone jack!!! pic.twitter.com/bdyAGIwIY4— E (@DeadlyHxrnandez) September 19, 2016
One viewer wrote: "I drilled it in but for some reason my phone won’t turn on or charge, is there a software or app I need to install?"
Another added: "Uhhh I have a problem. My phone won’t turn on and the headphone jack didn’t work. Someone please tell me what to do."
Once Twitter caught wind of this ridiculous stunt, users had a field day poking fun at all of the unbelievably gullible people who expected it to work.
Stop the planet, I want to get off.https://t.co/Cr7S8MKU5D— Jens Schauder (@jensschauder) September 23, 2016
People drilling holes into their iPhone 7 believing they could "hack" a headphone jack, proves that human stupidity is real and scary.— Rural Tex (@Rural_Tex) September 26, 2016
To the people who need an article telling them not to drill into their iPhone 7: also don't drink anything out of the bottles under the sink— Zachary (@WashingMachineO) September 22, 2016
Congratulations on your brand new $750 coaster for anyone who fell for this prank.