updated 10:00 am EDT, Tue April 20, 2010
Legal notice effectively confirms authenticity
Apple has sent legal notice asking for its prototype iPhone back, Gizmodo reports. The site's editorial director, Brian Lam, mentions that he received several phone calls from Apple on Monday, asking for the device -- for which the site paid $5,000 -- to be returned. Lam in turn asked for a formal written claim, which was sent by Bruce Sewell of Apple's general counsel.
The letter refers only to "a device that belongs to Apple," but effectively confirms the legitimacy of the prototype. Lam remarks that the people who originally found the phone tried to report the loss themselves, but were summarily ignored by Apple. Because of Gizmodo's temporary ownership, the next iPhone is known to have features like a front-side camera, a flash for the rear-facing camera, and a higher-resolution display. It also appears to employ a micro SIM slot, a larger battery and a secondary microphone for noise cancellation.