Hey, Steve. How are you? (Looks around the office aimlessly) I really like what you’ve done here with th-
What is it you want fool?
(Pauses and laughs nervously) Well, uh you see. I was at this bar last night and had a couple drinks and one thing led to another and-
YOU FOOL! DON’T TELL ME YOU’VE LOST THE PROTOTYPE!!
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU’VE DONE?!! DO YOU NEED ME TO REMIND YOU AGAIN WHAT WE DID TO MR. POWELL WHEN HE LOST THE IPHONE 4 LAST YEAR? HMMMMMMM??!
(Pees in pants and runs off)
Yep, it’s happened again folks. According to a source reporting to CNET, another Apple employee has apparently lost an unreleased iPhone prototype at a bar.
According to the source, the event occurred sometime in late July at a bar called Cava22, which is located in San Francisco’s Mission District. As some of you may recall, Apple infamously lost a prototype of their iPhone 4, which eventually landed in the hands of Gizmodo, who promptly showed it off to the rest of the Internet. Unlike the incident last year, the lost phone was apparently sold for a mere $200 on Craigslist according to the source, which pales in comparison to the $5000 that Gizmodo had paid to obtain the iPhone 4 prototype.
Days after the phone went missing, Apple reportedly contacted the San Francisco Police Department, telling them that the device was priceless and they desperately hoped to get it back. Apple was able to trace the lost phone using the device’s GPS(maybe even using their own app, Find My iPhone) to a house in the Bernal Heights neighborhood in San Francisco.
San Francisco Police and Apple investigators went over to the house where they spoke with a man in his twenties who acknowledged being at Cava 22 during the night the phone went missing. However, he denied any knowledge of the phone’s whereabouts and even gave police permission to search the house, which turned up empty handed. Before leaving the house, an Apple employee took one last chance and offered a cash reward in exchange for the phone, no questions asked. The man remained adamant about not knowing anything about the phone.
No word has been released on whether Apple ever recovered the device.
According to CNET,
Under a California law dating back to 1872, any person who finds lost property and knows who the owner is likely to be–but “appropriates such property to his own use”–is guilty of theft. In addition, a second state law says any person who knowingly receives property that has been obtained illegally can be imprisoned for up to one year.
As the rumor mills about Apple’s next iPhone continues to run rampant, what crazy thing will we see next? Stay tuned!
Update: SFWeekly reports that, contrary to earlier statements, the SF Police Department confirmed their involvement in Apple’s search for a lost iPhone prototype in a Bernal Heights man’s home. For the rest of the article, visit SFWeekly.
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