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Apple wants to get its adventurous iPhone back

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Apple wants to get its adventurous iPhone back
The recently-announced HTC Incredible is not the only hot topic in the mobile universe right now. It all started a few days back when a previously unknown iPhone model was found lying on the floor of a bar, disguised like an Apple iPhone 3GS. It wasn't until yesterday when Gizmodo gained possession of the device and revealed this is indeed the next-generation hardware from Apple, which we hope to see officially this summer. It was  really exciting to get our first look at the smartphone and see it has some nice and much-wanted features like a front-facing camera and flash... in addition to the completely new design, which looks slimmer and more contemporary.

A letter sent to Gizmodo, requesting that they return the lost iPhone

A letter sent to Gizmodo, requesting that they return the lost iPhone

In what sounds like a new proof that this handset is really the new iPhone, Apple has reportedly contacted Giz and asked that they return the unit to them. Well, why would Apple want this device back, if it isn't real? On the right is the official letter requesting that they send the phone back, and our proof that we'll most probably see a redesigned iPhone this summer. Hooray!

Apple iPhone 4 Preliminary Specifications

source: Gizmodo


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:46

1. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


What no pics with it powered on?

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 03:18

2. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


It was wirelessly disabled, somehow. After Apple discovered the device was "on the loose" they had it shut down. Read the article before this one and it talks about it.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 08:26

6. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


In between the time that it was picked up and given to Gizmodo the person that found the device was able to use the phone and play on "Gray Powell's (apple employee that lost phone) facebook account! I am guessing that person was unaware of the remote wipe security feature...they should have taken pictures and documented the phone. That's what I would have done. Also Gizmodo was able to plug the phone into a computer and get the "connect to iTunes" screen...why we do not have a picture of that is also strange. I really hope that this is not a final production unit and just a Prototype. In my opinion it looks "cheap". The seams, the back, the buttons and the other "flaws" that make it significantly less elegant than the previous apple devices. Even with improvements like the HD screen, front facing camera I am not sexually attracted to this device. It looks more like a Samsung Eternity, LG Vu or a low-end HTC Android Phone. I am really torn between the upcoming Android deviced and the new iPhone. I had really high hopes for the next iPhone and I am still hoping that this is just a prototype. Unlike the Apple employee from the bar I do not have my beer goggles on and I am not going to be seduced into a serious 2yr app-driven relationship by an ugly device. I'd much rather get an iPad....

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 09:18

7. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


I really hope your NOT sexually attracted to ANY phone homey...Thats some twilight zone sh*t. Stay off ATT, go with Verizons Incredible or Sprints Evo...youll much happier. :)

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 10:13

9. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)


pass.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 13:07

13. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


your loss

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 17:20

19. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)


not really much of a difference in my area except att is faster. i dont use my phone for calling really so it works for me.

posted on 22 Apr 2010, 14:32

29. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


i find this funny beings i've told numerous people that they must shove their iphone up their ass since they love it so much. turn that vibrate up and enjoy the rest of your night douche bag. i cant belive u reffered to a phone a sexually attractive u nerdy geek fuck. go have sex with your hybrid car and your ipad

posted on 22 Apr 2010, 15:19

30. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


LMAO

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 04:42

3. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Wow, I really didn't think that it was legit. Maybe it is? If so, I'm kinda glad. I like the new design honestly and I bet it looks tons better in person.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 19:49

22. E.N. (Posts: 2233; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I agree. You guys should try looking at the pictures on Engadget or something because the phone looks really nice. The current. design is old and boring. I was in love with it when I had the 3G, but now having the 3GS all I can day is that it's so boring...

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 07:35

4. lumumba (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Nov 2009)


Soooo let me see if I have this right. New Apple Iphone found on the ground in a bar.................NOT So the I phone is real and the head Honcho's send a "letter" not an e-mail....a handwritten letter...they still do that.........NOT Lastly, he kindly asks "where should I pick it up?".................Yeah RIGHT. No word (AKA...UPROAR) about how the phone got out, who is responsible etc......yeah RIGHT......NOT I'll believe it when I see it.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 09:22

8. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


"Sent via email: blam@gizmodo.com" "Please let me know where to pick the unit up"...Now in people speak..." Give us our sh*t back or we will sue your little company into the depths of hell!" Watch the obituaries, Mr. "Gray Powell" will probably be having a fatal accident very soon.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 17:59

20. cansler (Posts: 136; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


AT&T understands whom it is they are dealing with. They are trying to control a media fire. Gizmodo would speak all about what a nasty letter would say so they need to be discreet. In an effort to keep the fire from going ablaze as well as reveal any details to the upcoming release they will say as little as possible and hope the folks at gizmodo will respect their wishes. And rest assured the doofus over at AT&T Mobility is no longer on that project. More than likely he is at least suspended for a good week or four to at most, no longer employed.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 21:20

23. dyster (Posts: 63; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


You mean Apple, right? At&T is probably just sitting back and watching this play out.

posted on 21 Apr 2010, 07:45

26. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if apple were to send a letter to retrieve a product, it would have been from their lawyers, not from the VP asking politely where to pick it up. This is apple were talkin about, not granny smith.

posted on 21 Apr 2010, 14:38

28. cansler (Posts: 136; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


Yeah. That's what I meant.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 07:37

5. rehnhart (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)


I think the whole thing is legit. There are too many things that provide evidence: the internal parts made by usual Iphone parts makers, the device showed up in Itunes and Mac OS Profiler, and now Apple wants the device back. It is most certainly a prototype that a developer carried around and irresponsibly lost. June is just around the corner and I can't wait to see what happens.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 11:23

10. lxmndza (Posts: 23; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


I REMEMBER READING MONTH AGO AND EVEN SAW IT ON THE NEWS THAT A WORKER FOR APPLE LOST THE NEXT GEN IPHONE PROTOTYPE AND COMMITTED SUICIDE A FEW DAYS LATER....COULD THIS BE THE PROTOTYPE HE LOST???????

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 19:33

21. JackFace (Posts: 190; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


That was longer ago, but that was a true story...

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 12:01

11. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


CONSPIRACY THEORY:: This could be a viral marketing campaign...now every media outlet is talking about the iPhone and not negative apple stories like how the iPads are being delayed and having supply troubles....

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 12:03

12. krys2110 (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


according to the guys facebook page, he did lose his job.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 13:41

14. easytochris (Posts: 126; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


unfortunate, but not surprising

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 21:51

24. Rock-X (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


Seriously , how can you loose an iPhone which is not even released...

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 14:22

15. vzwpenguin (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)


well i dont know why this keeps elaborating but BGR already disproved it, this is just a japanese knockoff

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 14:32

16. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


They basically retracted that statement and believes it's legit.

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 14:44

17. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)


who cares..its CDMA..lol..he cant call apple n browse for emails at the sametime anyways..ahahahah!!...even if apple never gets it back..whats he gonna do after apple make 10k more..I have sen prototype cells on ebay b4..rare..but they never sell..if they do..just a paperweight! Rwolf..you are confused with a chinese worker in china for apple who killed himself due to him being blamed for a conspiracy man..think before u type

posted on 20 Apr 2010, 16:00

18. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


I hope tht was sarcasm when u said it's CDMA. Wcdma yeah. But it has a sim slot. (or micro sim slot) so not CDMA.

posted on 21 Apr 2010, 01:49

25. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


you do realize that some cdma phones have sim slots right? they are called global phones...

posted on 21 Apr 2010, 12:07

27. Jojofromdabay (Posts: 39; Member since: 06 Apr 2010)


Thank you for that comment yes global phones have sim slots. LtE is Coming an I hope everybody is ready for phones as we know it to change. Also if it is coming out with multiple carriers dont you think At&t will get it first? Just Curious why if a new iphone comes out people wouldn't think At&t will have first choice a statement I heard was the iphone is the new RazR... Makes perfect since for every one...

posted on 25 Apr 2010, 18:16

31. pingpong (Posts: 145; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Anybody else call fake on this letter? Doesn't look real at all.

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