Apple’s Lost iPhone Prototype Search Leads to Attorney Questions

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More questions about lost iPhone prototypeSergio Calderon, the man who said Apple security searched his house for an iPhone prototype while leading him to believe they were police, is apparently discussing the incident with the company Mr. Calderon’s attorney said the police that were at his house didn’t tell him the people conducting the search weren’t law enforcement officers, and that they acted improperly by failing to disclose who the Apple security employees were, according to CNET.

Two Apple security employees contacted Mr. Calderon at his San Francisco house in July saying they had tracked a missing iPhone prototype to the location. They had four plain clothes police officers with them, although the police weren’t involved in the search.

Mr. Calderon agreed to a search of his house, but Apple’s people didn’t recover the phone. He later said that had he known the Apple employees weren’t police, he wouldn’t have agreed to the search.

David Monroe, Mr. Calderon’s attorney, said San Francisco police are investigating the incident, and that he has been involved in discussions with Apple.

“We want to help them find out if their rules were broken,” Mr. Monroe said. “The real problem here is that police failed to disclose to my client that Apple employees would be searching his home.”

The iPhone prototype was apparently lost in a tequila lounge called Cava 22, and may have been sold on Craigslist for US$200. Mr. Calderon said he had been at that bar on the night the prototype was lost, although he said he didn’t know anything about the missing iPhone.

Apple hasn’t commented on the investigation, or the report that it is discussing the incident with Mr. Calderon.

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Lee Dronick

?The real problem here is that police failed to disclose to my client that Apple employees would be searching his home.?

Do you have a search warrant?

No, but we can get one.

Then go get one and come back with it, but you are not getting in here without one. In the meantime I will call a lawyer.


Possible police misbehaviour aside, it does not seem impossible that Mr. Calderon might know more about the missing prototype than he’s letting on. It is quite a coincidence that he was in that particular lounge the night the phone went missing and then the phone reported its location at his house.


The guy has nothing to complain about. Apple security was accompanied by four police officers. The guy agreed to allow his house to be searched. Would it really had made a difference in the four police officers searched instead? What is the damage? He agreed to have his house searched, and his house was searched.

I would prefer Apple employees searching my house anyway. The police might find something unrelated to the phone that might get me in trouble. Apple employees would likely look the other way.

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