San Francisco police: What lost iPhone prototype?

By on September 2, 2011 at 11:10 AM.

San Francisco police: What lost iPhone prototype?

Despite a recent CNET report that suggested a prototype of a next-generation iPhone had, yet again gone missing in a bar, San Francisco’s police department says it has no record of an investigation, SF Weekly reported on Friday. “I talked to CNET,” Officer Albie Esparza, a spokesperson for the San Francisco police department said. “I don’t know who [the author’s] source is, but we don’t have any record of any such an investigation going on at this point.” CNET originally said that police officers spoke to a man in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, but Esparza said records of such a visit aren’t recorded in the two nearest stations that would have handled the investigation. According to SF Weekly, Esparza discussed the lack of any such case with CNET but the outlet still ran with the article. There is certainly room for conspiracy theories here, but the whole story is starting to sound fishy to us. More →

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Apple loses iPhone prototype in a bar, again

By on August 31, 2011 at 5:20 PM.

Apple loses iPhone prototype in a bar, again

Apple employees must love a good drink. An Apple employee has, yet again, lost an unreleased iPhone prototype in a bar, according to CNET. The iPhone was lost in Cava22, a bar in San Francisco’s Mission District, late last month and Apple quickly tried to recover the lost device. The Cupertino-based company tracked the phone to a house in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights where investigators spoke to “a man in his twenties” who had been at Cava22 the day the iPhone was lost. The man denied knowing about the phone, despite a cash and “no questions asked” offer from Apple, and nothing was found when the man gave police permission to search his home. The phone was reportedly later sold on Craigslist for $200 to an unknown buyer according to CNET’s source, though it is unclear how the source gained knowledge of the sale. Last year, Gizmodo purchased a lost iPhone 4 prototype and published photos of the handset before it was unveiled. Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPhone in October. More →

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