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Apple demands return of iPhone prototype

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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Wingsy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Request" does not equal "Demand"

    Since when does the word "request" (as contained in Apple's letter) come to mean "demand" (as contained in the article headline)?

    Oh yes.... when the author seeks a bit of sensationalizing.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    well that was polite

    short and sweet, hopefully it means Apple's not going to get all legal on Gizmodo's butt.

  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    If Gizmodo wants to pull some kind of "We bought it fair and square" mess, I hope Apple does get all legal on their butt.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    in this sense, 'demand' doesn't mean, in the colloquial sense, 'do it now, dammit!' It's a legal term and even if it is phrased politely as is this letter (we have no idea of the nature of the 'several phone calls' made by Apple), it's still a 'demand'.

  1. magicbumone

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple to Pick the phone up...

    Talk about a awkward situation. You know Brian Lam not getting invited to the next iPhone release.

  1. howiethemacguy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get legal

    Apple should do exactly that. The prototype phone is their property. Gizmodo knew that from the start, but decided to purchase the phone, and take it apart. They're guilty of buying stolen property, and dismantling it without authorization from Apple. Gizmodo is a c*** site that does nothing but bash Apple most of the time. Those whores need to get sued for this c***.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Get legal

    And what if 5 other companies sent letters to them saying it was their property? Is it just whoever sends the first letter claims the prize?

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