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Apple loses another prototype iPhone, has no certain culprit

updated 05:05 pm EDT, Wed August 31, 2011

Apple sees new iPhone disappeared

Apple has seen another prototype iPhone disappear, insiders revealed late Wednesday. The device, either an iPhone 5 or the 8GB iPhone 4, disappeared at San Francisco's Cava 22 lounge. Apple reportedly tracked it back to a man in his twenties at home in San Francisco's Bernal Heights but, according to CNET, couldn't prove or have him admit to taking the hardware himself.

The company hinted that it wasn't entirely convinced by his story as it offered a no-questions-asked reward for returning the device even after the denial.

Apple is likely to be very frustrated at the leak, which over a year after a lost iPhone 4 prototype was bought and shown to Gizmodo. Apple has since started shipping prototype iPhones to carriers in locked boxes to minimize the risk, but it can't do the same for Apple employees, who are encouraged to live with pre-release iPhones to see how they work in practice.

Who had lost the iPhone wasn't identified, although it's near-certain to be an Apple worker rather than someone from AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. The knowledge that the iPhone had escaped will very likely discourage any attempts to publish photos of the phone or to sell it off, since it's now known to be someone else's property and could lead to an arrest for the buyer.




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  1. Iritscen

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    Easy solution

    Just "misplace" the man's home address on the Internet, Apple. I think the iPhone will find itself "liberated" from its new home soon enough. Along with possibly some other odds and ends, as a "repossession fee".

    Air Quotes™ sponsored by the "Society" for the Advancement of Sarcasm.

  1. shmoolie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Editorial comments?

    "Apple is likely to be very frustrated at the leak..."

    Since when do reporters editorialize in their stories? Just stick to the facts from now on and leave the editorials the people who do that for a living please.

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    how the heck do you just leave your phone

    it's a $700 dollar piece of hardware how do you just lose it... it's up there with your keys for wallet... you can feel that you have less weight in your pockets.

    Is it not possible to have the phone self destruct?

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    The question is

    The question is, why don't they have Find My iPhone on the damn thing!

  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    that would make an awesome Lebowski recreation

    apple actually knocked on his door?

    http://content7.flixster.com/question/55/43/44/5543449_std.jpg

    "Sweetie, sit down!
    This man is the police.
    Walter:
    we didn't want to give the impression that we were police exactly.
    We're hoping it won't be necessary to call the police.
    But that's up to little Larry here.
    Isn't it, Larry?"

    later...

    Do you see what happens, Larry, when you f*ck Steve Jobs in the a**??

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_VZQWFayyhhA/S_1si1-U43I/AAAAAAAAAJs/PeLi4U3a_NM/s1600/walter+sobchak+car.jpg

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    Apple does not care any more.

    It used to be Apple would be pissed at an unscheduled future product disclosure. Most companies are, it usually translates to lesser sales of current items.

    Not a problem with iStuff, for whatever reason, Apple products keep selling well even after an imminent new version of iWhatever is near and well known.

    This time the lost prototype finder will not be pursued by Apple's Gestapo; it will still draw headlines everywhere but nevertheless the current iPhone will keep selling just as nicely as before.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    priceless device

    down at cava22. talk about cachet ...

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    This guy ...

    ... is rumored to actually have been seen outside of McDonalds whittling fake iPhone 5's out of wood blocks, with no rims, and a gold tooth ...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    whatever...

    Apple reportedly tracked it back to a man in his twenties at home in San Francisco's Bernal Heights but, according to CNET, couldn't prove or have him admit to taking the hardware himself.

    No, they may, at best, have tracked down the device based on the device saying "um, I think I'm here". But that doesn't mean anything. The GPS covers a range of area, you know. Plus it isn't always accurate.

    And, what, they thought they could knock on the guy's door and ask "Did you steal our iPhone?" and expect him to admit it?

    The company hinted that it wasn't entirely convinced by his story as it offered a no-questions-asked reward for returning the device even after the denial.

    Did they offer him a signed contract stating there'd be no prosecution? Because saying "no questions asked" means nothing. It doesn't even imply they won't have him arrested. It just states they won't ask him any questions.

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