updated 11:25 pm EDT, Mon April 19, 2010
Prototype rumored to cost $10,000
Gawker Media founder Nick Denton has confirmed that Gizmodo procured an alleged iPhone HD prototype through a payment to the source, according to several Twitter posts. Although the publishing chief has yet to disclose how much the blog paid for to get its hands on the pre-release device, MobileCrunch points to rumors suggesting the price was set at $10,000.
"Yes, we're proud practitioners of checkbook journalism," Denton wrote. "Anything for the story!"
The prototype was allegedly lost by its owner in a Redwood City bar, with the exterior shrouded by an iPhone 3G case. A more recent tweet suggests that Gawker has identified "the sorry Apple engineer who left the next-gen iPhone at the bar," although no further details have been provided.
Denton claims the full backstory surrounding the iPhone prototype will be published in the future. "And it's a corker." [via Daring Fireball]
Update: The Associated Press notes that Gizmodo paid $5,000 for the device, about half of the originally estimated $10,000 price tag.