Apple Reportedly Loses Another iPhone Prototype

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Oh Nooooeeees! I've Been Burgled!Apple reportedly lost another iPhone prototype, according to an exclusive report from CNet. Citing unnamed sources “familiar with the investigation,” the media outlet said that an iPhone prototype “went missing” in a tequila lounge called Cava 22 in San Francisco’s Mission district. Details are sketchy, but the device may have looked like an iPhone 4 and it may have been sold on Craigslist for US$200.

Sources said that Apple traced the device to a two-floor, single-family home in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, and that San Francisco police and Apple investigators visited the home, spoke with an individual who acknowledged being at Cava 22 on the night in question, but then denied any knowledge of the iPhone.

Police were given permission to search the residence, but found nothing, and the man continued to deny any knowledge of the device when Apple’s on-hand investigators offered money for the device with “no questions asked.”

If this sounds vaguely familiar, the story shares themes with an incident in 2010 where an iPhone prototype disappeared (or was lost or was stolen) from a bar in Redwood City, CA. The device was sold to Gizmodo, which published a tear-down. Apple pressed charges and Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home was searched and his computers were seized, though charges and even the search warrant used in the seizure were eventually withdrawn.

This tale lacks the added drama of that case, but it does serve to illustrate the difficulties involved with testing a high profile mobile phone when even last year’s model is still highly valued. Perhaps rather than disguising them as last year’s iPhone, Apple could start disguising them as a Motorola Xoom, or maybe a BlackBerry PlayBook? That would be one way to lower the interest of would-be thieves.

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mrmwebmax

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I think we need a new public service announcement: Friends don’t let finds drink and carry iPhone prototypes….

Or: Drinking and carrying an iPhone prototype can kill a keynote surprise.

Or: If you drink and carry an iPhone prototype, you’re as good as dead (when Steve Jobs finds out you lost it at a bar, no matter who the current CEO may be).

ilikeimac

I wonder if the restaurants in question have seen increased foot traffic due to these incidents. Perhaps they should put up plaques or signed headshots, or add “Site of the 2011 iPhone 5 Leak” to their signs.

palenoue

Next time Apple should get an HP TouchPad, replace all the logos with theirs and stamp “iPhone 6” on it then lose it in a bar.  Would love to see what the rumor sites make out of it wink

d'monder

Perhaps rather than disguising them as last year?s iPhone, Apple could start disguising them as a Motorola Xoom, or maybe a BlackBerry PlayBook? That would be one way to lower the interest of would-be thieves.

What if Apple found a way to squeeze some, oh, thermite inside the prototype cases?  Just enough to char-brick the device if needed.

Lancashire-Witch

One tequila; two tequila; three tequila; Floor!

furbies

If it looked like the iPhone 4, then maybe the iPhone 5 won’t look different on the outside.

Like my grandmother used to say, “It’s whats on the inside that matters”

RonMacGuy

Think it would draw too much attention having the prototype iPhones handcuffed to the person testing it? That may be a new feature for when you are in a bar - the iCuff!! Keeps your iPhone 5 from walking off while you are drinking!! All you would need are a few pentalobe screws to hold it in place!! (That one’s for you, Sir Harry!!)

Seriously, you would think these guys would have some sort of bluetooth device that sets off a blaring alarm if the iPhone gets more than 10 feet away from them!!

furbies

Seriously, you would think these guys would have some sort of bluetooth device that sets off a blaring alarm if the iPhone gets more than 10 feet away from them!!

Apple could spring for a few of these:
Bluetooth Bracelet

I’ve got one and it’s useful. It’ll vibrate when a call comes in, and it vibrates if I leave my phone behind…..

Just gotta remember to (a) Charge it, (b) Wear it…..

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