Apple accused of impersonating police during effort to recover lost iPhone 5 prototype

By on September 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM.

Apple accused of impersonating police during effort to recover lost iPhone 5 prototype

This whole lost iPhone 5 prototype story just got whole lot more interesting. According to SF Weekly, six investigators claiming to be members of the San Francisco police department descended upon one Bernal Heights, San Francisco man’s home in search of a lost iPhone 5 prototype that CNET originally reported had been left in a bar. The scary part? The SFPD confirmed the investigators weren’t police officers at all. Instead, it appears as though they may have actually been members of Apple’s security team allegedly impersonating police officers. Read on for more.

UPDATE: The San Francisco Police Department has now confirmed to SFWeekly that it did in fact assist Apple security with the search. An update can be found here. More →

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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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