Apple security chief turns in his badge as scapegoat of the missing Apple iPhone 4S affair
Jon Paczkowski of AllThingsD confirmed on Friday that Theriault had left Apple and his sources told him that it was the screwed-up investigation of the missing Apple iPhone 4S prototype that led to Theriault's decision to leave Apple. A former FBI agent (G-man to you old timers), Theriault worked at pharmaceutical giant Pfizer where he helped stopped the sale of counterfeit Viagra that had popped up in Asia. It was precisely this experience in handling investigations of knock-off items that led Theriault to Cupertino where he was expected to handle counterfeit Apple products.
One night this summer, an Apple employee had supposedly left the next-generation Apple iPhone prototype at the Cava22 bar in San Francisco. Apple security got in touch with the SFPD. Apple had tracked down the wayward handset to a home and plainclothes police offices accompanied Apple investigators to this home. The cops waited outside while Apple's security members conducted a search of the house, looking for the prototype.
This behavior has led to an internal investigation by the SFPD in regard to the search of the house, which belonged to a Sergio Calderon. Calderon says he was coerced by the cops into allowing two Apple investigators to search his home. Calderon thought that the men who entered his home were police officers or, as said, he never would have allowed the search. Defense attorneys have said that by not identifying the men making the search, it was probably unlawful.
After the prototype went missing, Apple posted a job listing seeking product security managers who would be responsible for "overseeing the protection of, and managing risks to, Apple's unreleased products and related intellectual property."
No one has ever claimed to have the missing Apple iPhone 4S prototype and at this point, with the phone already on the market, we probably will never find out the true and complete story.
The Cava22 bar in San Francisco where the prototytpe of the Apple iPhone 4S was allegedly lost...and found
1. ivanko34 posted on 05 Nov 2011, 02:09 9
Yes. The marketing publicity plan turned bad this year. Maybe next year we don't get the same stupid story "apple phone lost in a bar". It worked fine only last year
2. remixfa posted on 05 Nov 2011, 04:01 10
"it will be iphone lost in a zoo, chimps found annoying Siri until it crashed."
3. remixfa posted on 05 Nov 2011, 04:26 6
Like I said when it happened and no diehard apple dork wanted to listen.. it was an ILLEGAL SEARCH AND (non)SEIZURE by the Apple Gestapo.
14. andro. posted on 06 Nov 2011, 13:03 1
Lets face it Apple have never been and never will be on the right side of the moral compass,Gestapo is a suitable labeling alright though!
4. goflet posted on 05 Nov 2011, 05:01 8
iphone 4 is identical to iphone 4s so how can anyone understand it was iphone4s?
10. metoyou posted on 05 Nov 2011, 15:34 1
please dont say that or else Apple will sue and search the universe just to find that dumb phone and probably the whole universe need to be closed (no fly zone?) until dumb phone were found
7. Astreo posted on 05 Nov 2011, 10:11 1
you do realize almost all phones are just adding one or two things and call it an upgrade right? everyone does it, not just apple.
8. mukrenol posted on 05 Nov 2011, 10:58 2
at least make the design a bit more noticeable different
they are so close identical that you hardly tell the difference at first glance
until you sit down and look at it... THEN you know it's different
13. taco50 (banned) posted on 05 Nov 2011, 20:07 2
Android NEVER does that,
unless you count...
Droid X 1 & 2
Motorola Droid 1,2,3
Incredible 1 & 2
etc etc etc
11. InspectorGadget80 posted on 05 Nov 2011, 17:31 1
Everything Apple done is unlawful. Im sure they will do it yet again for the next IP5.