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Lost Apple iPhone 5 prototype story continues; SFPD want to see video footage of the bar

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Lost Apple iPhone 5 prototype story continues; SFPD want to see video footage of the bar
Like that hot dog you bought from the cart last week, the lost Apple iPhone 5 prototype story keeps coming up. The last time we reported on the affair (not including Conan's take on it), the San Francisco Police were conducting an internal investigation to see why two investigators from Apple were allegedly allowed to search the house of one Sergio Calderon while the SFPD waited outside the dwelling.

Cava22, where the prototype was claimed to be lost

Cava22, where the prototype was claimed to be lost

Jose Valle, a member of the family that owns the Cava 22 bar where the incident was claimed to have taken place, told Cnet that the police have requested the bar's surveillance tape from July 21 and July 22nd so that they can do some more work on what the cops are calling "the lost iPhone case". Valle was not optimistic that the video would shed any light on the matter since the 6 cameras inside the establishment record images every 3 minutes. Additionally, some parts of the bar are not lit up enough to offer a good, clear view of what is happening on the tape.

According to the SFPD's Lt. Troy Dangerfield, the request for the video most likely was done to aid in the internal investigation. Calderon claims that he was threatened by the officers and would not have consented to the search if he knew that the men looking inside his house were in reality, Apple investigators. As far as the lost prototype is concerned, Lt. Dangerfield says that no investigation is underway because Apple never filed a police report. As for Calderon, he says that he has been in touch with an attorney although the SFPD says no complaint about the incident has been made.

source: Cnet

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posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:42 2

1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Does it really matter now? The thing is a week from being announced is this even relevant in Apples current scheme?

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:50 2

2. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


in the picture the guy is looking at some phone in his hand like hes just checking it out after just getting it lol

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:02 5

3. Debbie (unregistered)


What a waste of SFPD resources, instead of using their time in solving murders..etc........they are looking for a missing phone.....that is just sad.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:02

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I'm seriously confused here.... So there was a missing iphone again, and we have no pictures floating around the globe? Damm

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:27 2

5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Yea that's what I'm thinking. If someone actually got this thing where are the leaks?

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:46 1

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't know if people will hate me but on the fact of being a tech fan if I encounter a flashgrip device of any kind I would have already leaked them worldwide, people love to see how the device they plan on getting is going to look like

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 14:17

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


after the fruit gestapo tore up the last guys house and if i remember right, gizmodo's HQ, looking for the i4, i wouldnt be bragging about it either. I'd sell it to some iNut for a fat check, and go on with my life.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 15:34

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


idk.... they guy supposedly has/had the phone already and he is getting his prostate exam done by the cops anyways.... from the moment he got the device on the bar it meant trouble for him, might as well make use of it and give us some pics

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 14:21 1

8. Forsaken77 (Posts: 545; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I guess the gps tracking doesn't work to good if they can't seem to locate it ;)

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 14:28 3

9. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Do you all have your behinds so far up Apple's behind that you don't understand the issue? The issue is that COPS apparently coerced a citizen into allowing CIVILIANS to frisk his house. And that Apple's employees somehow convinced them to do this.

This no longer has anything to do with the phone. It's about cops misusing their authority to suck up to Apple. Or for the money they were given to do this. So it is likely dishonest cops and probably bribery by Apple.

Turn off your phones for a few minutes and use whatever you've got for brains.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 14:40 2

10. casfZSCCz (unregistered)


f**king stupid Apple, it's obvious this is just a marketing ploy.

stop wasting everyones time and resources.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 15:16

11. DanielCastle (unregistered)


Man, I just want to see what it looks like. I'm so freaking anxious to know when we all find out what it looks like :S

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 18:31

15. Forsaken77 (Posts: 545; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


It looks like a white Galaxy S2 lol

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 15:53 6

13. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


This is probably a marketing stunt by Apple, since last year it was accidental and got them publicity.

Last year, we had the names of the guy who lost it, the one who found it and the one who took it apart. We had pictures of the phone, the tech police broke down the guy from Gizmodo's door down and all his stuff taken as evidence. This was an accident because you can't have something that stupid happen on purpose.

This year, we have a lost prototype, no name of the guy who lost it, no name of the guy who found it. We had a location of where it supposedly was and the name of the guy who lived there but he didn't have it and didn't even know about it. We have a flimsy story of who searched the house that changes each time there's an update on the story. The GPS lead them specifically to the guys' house, but the device wasn't there and the GPS hasn't been used since.

This is being done on purpose because the story doesn't hold itself together that well. There was no lost prototype, it's all a story that Apple has created to get people ready for the next iPhone. Because it worked so well last year.If there was an iPhone 5 that was truly lost, there would be pictures of it somewhere. And no way would Apple let another iPhone prototype get lost again, they really tightened security after that.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 16:12 2

14. hahaha (unregistered)


"F" APPLE

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 20:26 2

17. pongkie (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Too late SFPD your part of this mess too go to the poor accused man and apologize

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 21:10 1

18. Heatfan316 (Posts: 332; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


They're wasting their time, I got the phone...

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 23:23

19. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


It is only a marketing gimmick as I said when PA wrote about the lost gadget some time back. And I maintain it is. The fact that a month later, we still haven't seen it's leaked photo further cements the fact that it's only a marketing gimmick- a failed one. Not to mention a report hasn't been file by Apple. Apple think we're stupid.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 23:50

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6126; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Apple is so full of its self. They only do it so they can be more controversial when it comes to their products and hype up the Iphone. Like they did with the Iphone 4 from a few years ago.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 11:44

21. G-Reg (unregistered)


Funny, Last article i was argueing with some idiot how Apple was wrong doing somehow but becasue of their money, we wont hear of it.

The reason there is no complait yet is simply the lawer is smart and is building up himself a beautiful case.

It was no coincidence that the apple cronnie was an ex p.o. from that department.

I also stated that the statement from the department saying nothing wrong was done was a null statement. And wow... looks whats going on... the investigation still. I dont care if its not an internal investigation. The fact is, how could they wipe themselves of guilt when the initial investigation wasnt compleat..

I made the comment of people needing to open their damn eyes, shut off emotion and favortism of brand, and look at it with logic. Sh!t just doesnt add up, quit ignoring it.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 12:21

22. john (unregistered)


Everyone should know make the police get a search warrant first, never give up your rights. Don't let them bully you or intimidate you!!!

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 13:48

23. Andy (unregistered)


I don't get it, if there's no investigation going on since there was no report filed, why is SFPD asking for the videos?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:23

24. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


There is no investigation of the iPhone theft, or whatever they wanted to call it.

There IS an investigation of police misconduct.

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