iPhone 5 Rumor: San Francisco Police Know Nothing About Lost Prototype

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iPhone 5 Rumor: San Francisco Police Know Nothing About Lost Prototype
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Yesterday we all experienced a bout of deja vu when the rumor emerged that another Apple employee had apparently had too much to drink and misplaced a new iPhone prototype in a bar.

Last year an Apple software engineer lost the iPhone 4 prototype in a German beer garden in Redwood, California. The finders subsequently sold the device to Gizmodo, who ended up breaking the news of the secret specs of the device before its launch.

Yesterday, CNET reported that an unnamed Apple employee lost a prototype for an upcoming iPhone in a “tequila lounge” in San Francisco called Cava 22. They indicated that the phone has possibly been sold on Craigslist for $200. All of this reportedly happened in July.

Quoting an individual source, CNET detailed an investigative operation that involved both Apple and the San Francisco Police Department. The source said that once Apple electronically traced the location of the missing device, their investigators along with SFPD visited the location where they believed the iPhone prototype was being kept.

With the help of the SFPD, Apple investigators apparently questioned a twenty-something man about the phone, to which he denied any knowledge. They then searched the “two-floor single family home” and came up empty.

Of course, we were skeptical from the beginning on this rumor. Single sources have to be considered very carefully. It also seemed odd to this writer that nobody has yet to come forward with the prototype, if this misplacement really did occur back in July. The time to capitalize on the find might be drawing to a close – many feel the iPhone 5 will launch in early to mid October.

Today we learn that the San Francisco Police Department is saying that they have no record of any such investigation.

Talking to SF Weekly, SFPD spokesman Albie Esparza denies that they helped Apple with any such sweep of a house, looking for a missing phone. The CNET report mentioned that no official police report was filed during the investigation, but Esparza says that there are no records for the visit or even of a dispatch confirming the trip to the suspect’s home.

So, either the SFPD is not being very forthcoming, some officers under top brass carried out the investigation under the radar and off the books, or CNET’s source is full of it.

If a prototype finds its way onto the internet, I guess we will have our answer then.

iPhone 5 Rumor: San Francisco Police Know Nothing About Lost Prototype
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  • D Scott

    Apple has a find your phone app that pinpoints your phone to a structure. You would think they would activate it on a prototype, particularly after the last debacle.

  • D Scott

    I doubt the source.

  • Mediaman

    For Sale: White iPhone. Has HDTV receiver built in, screen is twice the size of the phone (weird, huh!), “Beam me up button” on left side (haven’t pushed it yet), beer tap on top, slide out pizza oven. $200 OBO

    • mack22


  • http://silicoxvalley.com person287

    Yeah, it does sound a bit too convenient that it’s exactly the same circumstances as this time last year, and no pictures this time. Oh well.

  • appleorgoogle

    idkw they didnt check the guys pockets i mean duhhh common sense says if its not int the rooms of the house check the people or call the number

  • http://www.theokaynetwork.com/apps/plusonespy Adsense Publisher

    You would think they would be tracking the phone 24/7 after what previously happened. I think it’s a publicity stunt.

  • http://cnet.com Cnet lied, people cried

    You guys are all missing the point. There was no loss, CNet is desperate for views. Get the name of the person at Apple who reportedly “worked with the police to search a home”.
    This stuff is all public record, there was no police report filed because there was no phone lost.
    Apple would be in DEEP trouble if they took officers off the street for a publicity stunt.
    After the Final Cut X catastrophe, they are pulling out all the tricks to keep their phone in the news.
    But Why?
    I know they are bleeding marketshare to Android, but thousands of people will line up to get the new phone – and the press will eat that up. Why try to deceive the public and risk looking desperate? There is no reason to act this way. They should be proud of their awesome products and their very loyal user base. Don’t insult them!

  • http://www.cdncc.com pz

    Is it coming out in a color other than white? The anticipation is kiling me…who cares, hard to believe the media still run this non-story, slow newsweek I guess.

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