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Apple security team members might have searched home for missing iPhone 5 prototype, not police

0. phoneArena 03 Sep 2011, 14:42 posted on

SFWeekly went further with its investigation, and it turns out that two members of Apple's security team (possibly the same one that deals with counterfeits) were the actual people on the ground that searched the house...

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posted on 03 Sep 2011, 14:58 12

1. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

so apple employees are impersonating police now huh? add that to the growing list of human rights violations that apple commits.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 15:17 9

2. blade19 (Posts: 61; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)

I know this has been beaten like a dead horse, but didn't you know but they patented the police badge too!... :) ....lol

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 19:32

78. cheetah2k (Posts: 1576; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

So Apple are now above the law?

WTF is happening to the world.....

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 17:53 2

14. stealthd (unregistered)

That's not a violation of human rights.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 18:05 2

16. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Hes talking about the factories apple products come from which dont have a very safe working enviorment. But remixfa is a fanboy because he knows that every company gets there products from chinese factories like foxconn. He singles out apple and turns a blind eye towards everyone else because he is a android/tmobile fanboy. Its a problem for everyone and he knows that. He also read this article in different places i know he did and he knows the police were involved.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 18:54 2

20. stealthd (unregistered)

Foxconn isn't especially dangerous though, the bigger problem is how many hours they have to put in for what little pay they get (and I've seen the suicide rate mentioned before, Foxconn's is actually below China and the US's national average).

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 19:40 2

22. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I meant wintex.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 00:04 4

46. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

alright bio, do me a favor and find another major tech company that has the mass suicide rate, the exploding factories that werent built to codes, police impersonation, house tossing (the original missing i4), uber bullying nature that apple has.

its not because im a fanboy, its because they stand ALONE in the gutter. And only fanboys excuse apple's wrong doing. non fanboy apple users are already turning away from apple saying they wont buy their next device from them because of all this crap.

stealth, there were 17 suicides by jumping in 2 years, then foxcon built a factory in under 2 months and forgot to install ventillation which ended up causing an explosion killing and injuring even more. who is WORSE than that to say that foxcon isnt especially dangerous?

And as meticulous as apple is about their products and controlling everything, they know EXACTLY whats going on. The new guy in charge, Cook, was in charge of hiring foxcon in the first place!

so instead of calling me a fanboy while you blindly defend apples death rates, find me proof that everyone else is just as bad or worse... or shut it.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 02:17 1

51. stealthd (unregistered)

17 people is not a mass anything. The average suicide rate in China is 21 people per 100,000. Foxconn employs 800,000 people in China, and 400,000 in their Shenzhen facility. Out of that 400k, there should have been 84 people successfully killing themselves, instead there were just 17. To put it in the most obnoxious terms possible: that's 75 people SAVED BY APPLE PER YEAR. (In case you're bad at math, that's 84 people minus 17 divided by 2, I gave you the benefit of rounding down).

And you act as though Foxconn is the only company to have employees killed in an accident. Let's see here, Philips Disaster, 1989, 23 killed, 314 injured by an explosion in Pasadena, TX. Kader Toy Factory fire in Thailand, 1993, 188 (mostly young) men killed. 2005, Texas City Refinery explosion, 15 killed, over 100 injured. 2008, Georgia sugar refinery explosion, 13 people dead and 42 people injured. Now let's look at Foxconn's explosion, which was a total of...wait for it...3 killed and 16 injured. Any loss of life is terrible, but as industrial accidents go, it was not that bad.

Foxconn also happens to make products for Acer, Asus, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Dell, HP, Microsoft, among many others. Yet you solely blame Apple.

Were you saying something about being a blind fanboy? I defend Apple when people like you utter stupid, nonsensical crap like this. You attack Apple at every opportunity you get no matter how dumb what you're saying is. Congratulations on being even more of a blind fanboy than the ifans you loathe so much.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 06:02 3

55. thirdeye (unregistered)


You may be good at math, but you really suck at logic. These are suicides AT the plant itself. Microsoft employs nearly 100k yet people don't jump off of their buildings or shoot themselves to death there, does that mean Microsoft saves 17 lives each year?

When the foxconn worker goes home for the day to overdose on meds to death, or jump off their local bridge, are you going to hear about those? In fact we wouldn't even have heard about the deaths at the plant itself if it weren't for the drastic measures the company was taking like putting in nets around the building. That doesn't exactly address the reason why the workers are killing themselves in the first place.

While I agree Apple isn't the only bad guy here, there's a huge difference between contracting a manufacturer where a freak accident occurs, even if it's due to human negligence versus knowingly and continually employing a company that has very clear and very serious human rights abuse. You hear the same s**t from Apple every year, "We are taking this seriously" and yet the following year even more workers kill themselves.

Face it, no one should be defending any of these big companies, be it Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc etc. Wake up and stop being such a tool.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 06:52

56. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

I think his logic was fine. He was exaggerating the lives saved part. But you do have a point yourself about committing suicide elsewhere.

But he did provide a lot of perspective because all you hear are the bad things Apple does. I had no idea that Foxconn even made products for other companies (even though I'm sure not they don't order the same amount).

And he also does have a strong point with the explosions too. No one should be defending any of the big companies but a lot of people like remixfa sure do a lot of finger pointing.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 08:25 1

58. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

The problem isn't prevalent in other manufacturing supply factories, only Apples. Not to mention the alleged sickness caused by Apples manufacturing process at only Apple manufacturing plants. Lots of companies are prostituting China, and other nations for lower wages and higher profits, but it seems that Apples products demand has caused it to abandon prudent watch over humanitarian issues during the manufacturing of their products. It has been printed that they have tried to contact Steve Jobs, and Apple about the issues that workers face to no avail.....Karma is a bitch Steve!

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 14:55 2

73. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

of all those factory explosions.. how many of those factories were built in less than 90 days? oh yea, just one.. foxconn.

How many of those companies have people regularly jumping off their roof's to a point that they install anti-jumper nets? oh yea, just foxcon. Your suicide rate only deals with a country average. Just because they dont kill themselves at work doesnt mean they arent doing it elsewhere, so instead of subtracting 17 from the national average you have to ADD it to the national average.

Yes EN, foxcon is huge. they make products for seemlingly everyone. Why is it that all the problems happen at the apple factories? Where are the stories of the mass suicides from the Asus factories? Its not just a foxconn thing, its a foxconn-apple thing.

Yea I'm finger pointing. Im pointing it right at the people that are the cause of it. Apple-foxconn. I would be pointing just as hard at google if it had the types of human rights violations that apple does. Its not a fanboy thing, its a "take a stand against it" thing. I dont give a crap which company it was, i would be pointing fingers and refusing to buy their products.

The only ones that seem clouded are the iBots defending apple's atrocities and continuing to buy their products which only shows apple that they dont need to change, because iDiots dont care. Hit them in the wallet, and they will change.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 10:12

65. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

You are correct man the whole industry is evil. We are just mad remixfa singles out apple and thinks everyone else is angle's

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 14:57

74. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

thanks for continuing to put words in my mouth biophone. Im sorry that you want to ignore apples atrocities. Keep buying iphones and killing Chinese workers. Its not on my head, its on yours. I dont think any company is an "angel", but there sure are a hell of a lot of companies that are less evil and have a better track record than apple.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 23:00

86. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

hey bio.. its been 24 hrs. Im still waiting on proof that the rest of the cell/computer industry is as evil and commits the atrocities that apple commits.

having a hard time finding proof??

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 12:01

71. stealthd (unregistered)


I guess you missed the part where Foxconn employees live in dormitories in the facilities. Where else are they going to off themselves?

Agains, there are no human rights abuses here. Foxconn employees aren't slaves. They're there by choice, and apparently it's the best choice available to them. As I've already stated, the only major problem is how many hours they have to work for what little pay they get. But that doesn't seem particularly unique to China. It sucks, and it would be nice for it to change, but a lot of people expect Apple to swoop in and fix everything when it isn't their responsibility. It would certainly be nice considering how much money they're sitting on, but they're by no means obliged to. This isn't an Apple problem it's a China problem.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 15:00

75. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if you owned a company that had a primary partner that was known for horrid conditions, improperly built factories, and mass deaths and suicides at the plants... it is COMPLETELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. They make products FOR YOU. Without YOU they wouldnt have those factories open making your products. YOU need to demand immediate changes or you find someone else willing to supply your parts. And considering foxconn's biggest client by far is Apple, Apple has tons of power over them. If apple cared that is.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 10:05

62. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

These little kids are silly dont let these 12 year olds work you up

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 10:09

64. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I was just about to make you look silly but stealth just beat me to it dang.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 05:30 3

53. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

that is a violation and apple should be sued for this !

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 15:21 5

3. M0nkeyBr (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)

Should this be illegal

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 15:22 4

4. AppleSUKs (unregistered)

should ban the iphone for this

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 15:31 2

5. Geeksarebest (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)

It'll never happen. Besides, you never know what conversations went on. This guy could be doing it for media attention. No matter how good the research being done by reporters is, no one knows for sure what kinds of conversations took place or what was said. Wouldn't be the first time that someone left out key details to make a story.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 15:38 5

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


posted on 03 Sep 2011, 17:04 5

11. GBcacher (unregistered)

Is that what justice wears?

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 15:51 1

7. skymitch89 (Posts: 1299; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

I'm just going to wait for Apple the officially announce/launch the next iPhone/iPod Touch. Been wanting the current gen of iPod Touch but couldn't afford it, now that I can I'm just going to wait for the next gen to see what it has to offer over the current gen.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 16:13 6

8. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

If true, then this is surprisingly unprofessional conduct from Apple. The Brand Security team should never lead on any search and seizure procedure and usually hires third parties to follow the police, when/where appropriate, in order to support the gathering of evidence. It's crazy that Apple would allow an employee to be directly involved. Where's the Legal Department, Corporate Affairs and/or Risk Assessment people in Apple's organization? If this story is true, then they have a pretty risky approach to solving this problem and opens Apple up to a myriad of legal challenges.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 09:14 2

59. bubbasixx (Posts: 30; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)

Not to mention the fact that first, the Police actually allowed a non-police officer to search a house without ever even filing a report to justify the search, and second there still not being a stolen property report available. This dude, guilty or not, HAS to have an illegal search lawsuit on his hands. I don't care what kind of turtleneck my boss wears, I would never go into a house without a cop present and without a clear warrant. Imagine if he had had the phone. Illegal search AND seizure WITH the cops watching. I don't know how this could have happened this way.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 16:22 3

9. OutAndProud iSheep (unregistered)

I don't see anything wrong with $teve's Security. Isn't getting the prototype back and protecting Apple secrets more important than any law? At least that is what Mossberg and Pogue told me.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 17:08 3

12. GBcacher (unregistered)

yeah! Apple is the law, like Judge Dredd.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 16:31

10. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

This story was updated by macrumors. The police were involved check it out. Update this pa please!http://www.macrumors.com/2011/09/02/san-francisco-police-did-assist-apple-in-house-search-of-iphone-5/

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 17:51 1

13. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Thanks pa. The update was perfect.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 17:56 1

15. stealthd (unregistered)

First they say there's no investigation. Then they say there was an investigation. Until some actual evidence shows up or some charges are filed for theft or impersonating an officer, I'm calling this a hoax.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 18:28 1

17. ltr (unregistered)

ITs all about the attention.

There is barely any info on the phone itself.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 18:33 2

18. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

This is hilarious. Apple trying to be their own police now? Granted, I like how they made the offer of financial reward just for returning the phone, but come on, this is out of hand behavior.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 18:42

19. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Read the update!

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 19:27 1

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I read the update. It was still Apple security inside that house.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 19:43

23. stealthd (unregistered)

Searching with permission.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 19:45

24. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

It was discovered that Apple employees called Mission Police station directly, wanting assistance in tracking down a lost item. Apple had tracked the lost item to a house located in the 500 block of Anderson Street. Because the address was in the Ingleside Police district Apple employees were referred to Officers in the Ingleside district. Four SFPD Officers accompanied Apple employees to the Anderson street home. The two Apple employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item

They went with the police and talked to the resident about looking for a stolen item. Its not like they went to his house prentending to be police with a warrent and said let me in your house.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 01:08 3

50. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Again, you're missing the point here: it was STILL. APPLE EMPLOYEES. SEARCHING THE HOUSE. Those are actions normally reserved for police.

Now granted, I'm not really against working toward finding stolen property while minimizing the involvement of the state. In fact, hey, I'm not really against Apple here. I just think it's funny is all. Come on, admit it, it's hard to visualize Apple hero cops and secret agents doing action movie s**t without grinning. :)

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 09:58 2

60. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I admit it is pretty funny.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 11:46 1

69. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

The exact problem is that the search was conducted by someone other than law enforcement. Even with consent, having the police outside means there was no one officially there. Not even an official report filed. Apple investigators could simply have pulled a phone from their pocket and come out the the police and said, "Yep! We got it! It was in there. We're pressing charges."
Or- They even could have found it in there (their tracking service did lead them there) and paid him off to keep his mouth shut.
All because there was no one in any official capacity conducting the search.
They questioned his legal status? What bearing does that even have on this incident? If anything it sounds like he consented to the search under duress. And consent under duress is inadmissable. Just ask a rape victim who was told to keep quiet whether or not that was "consent".

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 20:30

27. cncrim (Posts: 823; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

I agree ...... Apple is not that crazy to personating as police, this kind of behavior will be put them in a bigger mess than patent infrigent if they do.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 20:18 2

25. HiPhone (unregistered)

Yes the Police were there, but did the Apple Security team id themselves
as not being police? I doubt it is Apple policy, but I bet the former cop just
took it too far.
With Apples recent history, do they deserve the benefit of the doubt??

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 20:32

28. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

If you dont want to give apple the benifit of the doubt then how about the police report?

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 22:29 2

39. pongkie (Posts: 538; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

apple this is low...

next time you people buy apple products you get an anal probe

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 22:39

40. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

You can keep dreaming you nasty *******

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 22:42 1

41. pongkie (Posts: 538; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

really i bet you'll volunteer

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 22:48

42. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Dont judge me ok!

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 22:54 2

43. pongkie (Posts: 538; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

then shut it! don't judge me either

If apple really really really really value that phone they should have tighter control over it. And happening for the second time is purely negligence on their part and let not others take fault on this. They should stop this non sense and count their losses

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 22:59

44. biophone (Posts: 1956; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

This hole thing sounds fishy. We dont know whats really going on. Back to the anal probing. Haha i always wanted to say that :).

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 23:07

45. pongkie (Posts: 538; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

well they are building a space ship campus all the pieces are starting to fit together :D

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 00:52 1

49. Steve Dojobs (unregistered)

I think (as my opinion) is a all Apple propaganda try to make the Iphone 5 a best seller as what happened to Iphone 4 previously.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 07:17 1

57. myclevername (Posts: 94; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)

The guy should have asked for a search warrant and since they didn't have one he should have said "come back when you do". The idiot let them in. Water under the bridge now. And they still didn't find the phone.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 10:24 2

66. Officer Bob (unregistered)

Totally out of my ars but IMHO (based off past dealings with crony militant organizations like USN and police dept's) - It was hushed because a member of the Apple Security team had a buddy he leveraged to scare someone into allowing the search..

I imagine if you examine the law, it's not illegal if the home owner provides permission.
So, 4 people flash a badge (two are Apple security badges), and only two people identify themselves as SF PD. Certainly would lead anyone to believe they were all SF PD. No witnesses for the defense except the one guy who's word against 2 upstanding officers and 2 upstanding clean cut corporate guys...of course they will all say the home owner gave us explicit permission to search.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 11:57 1

70. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


posted on 04 Sep 2011, 10:49 1

67. rick (unregistered)


HOPE THE CANCER EATS YOUR HEART OUT AND YOU SUFFER. YOUR A PIECE OF s**t AND THIS GOES TO SHOW WHAT YOUR COMPANY IS CAPABLE OF. Its A phone, You have no right to enter someones home and play policeman. You are not ABOVE the LAW, ROT IN HELL!

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 22:23

80. hepresearch (unregistered)

wow... that's just classy. Yeah, hate on the guy with cancer! I don't like what Apple does, but I'm not going to let that boil over into spewing hate or wishing some cancer-ridden dude would die.

Even if I had an enemy, I wouldn't wish death by cancer upon them.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 11:04 1

68. luke9966 (unregistered)

Why would you want to buy irresponsible products and the sames scenerior like last iphone launch. It's sound like a brand of a propraganda of promote their brands and by other human manuer again.

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