Apple iPhone 5 Prototype Lost in San Francisco

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The iPhone 4 caused Apple no end of trouble
Well, this must be embarrassing. CNET is reporting that Apple, in a strange instance of déjà vu, has lost another sensitive prototype of an as-yet-unreleased iPhone model.

Last year, bloggers worked their skivvies into a serious ruffle over law-enforcement authorities' decision to investigate gadget blogger Jason Chen of Gawker media after he purchased an unreleased iPhone 4 from some guys who found the phone in a bar, where an Apple employee had lost it. (Charges against the men who found the phone were filed, but, strangely, not against Gawker.)

CNET's scoop is that the iPhone 5, rumored to be released this fall, was recently lost in the Mission district bar Cava 22. Quoting an anonymous source "familiar with the investigation," the site reports that Apple has been frantically trying to recover the phone, so far without success:
A day or two after the phone was lost at San Francisco's Cava 22, which describes itself as a "tequila lounge" that also serves lime-marinated shrimp ceviche, Apple representatives contacted San Francisco police, saying the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return, the source said.

Apple electronically traced the phone to a two-floor, single-family home in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood, according to the source.

When San Francisco police and Apple's investigators visited the house, they spoke with a man in his 20s who acknowledged being at Cava 22 on the night the device went missing. But he denied knowing anything about the phone. The man gave police permission to search the house, and they found nothing, the source said. Before leaving the house, the Apple employees offered the man money for the phone no questions asked, the source said, adding that the man continued to deny he had knowledge of the phone.
We put in a call to the SFPD to see whether the investigation is still active and has progressed at all. We'll let you know when we hear back.

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Tony Allen Moore
Tony Allen Moore

"but, strangely, not against Gawker."It was Gizmodo, not Gawker. 

Jamiertucker1979
Jamiertucker1979

Sounds like Apple needs to implement a Alcoholics Anonymous group, and a don't get drunk and lose our prototype phone policy. LMAO

MichaelAckerman
MichaelAckerman

> LOVE IT < 

What a way to get media hype.  We're confident factories in China are cranking them out and on board airl freightliners bound for the world.  Why we don't have factories in the US or EU to make them is another topic entirely... 

- Sometimes viral marketing is aka accidental marketing... So let the games begin!

SFMike@comcast.net

CheetahDeals Blog
CheetahDeals Blog

Aww. I actually, somehow, feel kind of bad for them at this point. I know I shouldn't, though.

Andrew
Andrew

Are Apple employees really that lame as to leave their prototypes lying around or is this just viral marketing?

dantsea
dantsea

According to KTVU this morning, SFPD is hinting at the latter.

TV Pirates
TV Pirates

"Before leaving the house, the Apple employees offered the man money for the phone no questions asked..." Imagining this scenario play out makes me smile.

WhiteGlossyUB
WhiteGlossyUB

iPhone 5... Shmiphone shmive... we found a spec book for the iPhone 6 people!!!!!!  Don't believe us?  Yeah, I wouldn't either.  So, here's proof - http://wp.me/p106i6-2M7

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