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Story of lost iPhone prototype may be just a hoax

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Story of lost iPhone prototype may be just a hoax
Plenty of headlines were made yesterday after a story of an unreleased iPhone prototype that had gone missing surfaced on the web. Reportedly, an Apple employee had lost the handset after visiting the Cava 22 bar in San Francisco, after which Apple electronically tracked the missing device to a family home that was thoroughly searched by the local police department. Still, the said iPhone prototype was never found by the authorities.

However, the whole story is starting to look even more shaky than it already was after the guys from SF Weekly decided to do some investigation themselves. After checking with the San Francisco Police Department, the guys found out that the authorities did not search any houses in the area where the lost iPhone was allegedly tracked to as no reports of such activity were present on file.

Was this all just an innovative way of Apple building even more hype around its smartphone or was it simply a publicity stunt meant to promote the Cava 22 bar and its lime-marinated shrimp ceviche? It might have also been an elaborate hoax as well meaning that someone may be feeling pretty proud of themselves now after pulling it off. Well, whatever the truth is, we have no doubts that the venue is now enjoying its 15 minutes of fame. As far as the presumably lost iPhone goes, we would probably never hear of it again.

source: SF Weekly via Mac Rumors

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posted on 02 Sep 2011, 05:13 3

1. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Mmmmm....ceviche

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 16:53

23. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lol mmmm def agreee!! best part of this article!

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 05:30 5

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


iSheep. pshh.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 14:20

20. gmoney2087 (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


you must be one also because you are talking about it :)

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 05:50 4

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


maybe apple trying to hype up the iphone 5. ?

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 06:04

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


right.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 12:06 3

18. gomulkaaa (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


Thanks, Sherlock.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 07:04 3

5. ibap (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Wait a mo - haven't we seen this story before? This stuff is getting old...

And does the iPhone 5 need more hype?

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 13:35

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


Yes, it probably does. I haven't had as many people in my store this year asking for the iPhone 5 as compared to last year when the 4 was about to be released. Last year you couldn't get away from it, everyone was asking about the iPhone...Now this year the market sooo saturated with amazing phones, it makes the choices that much harder for the consumers. Last year Apple came to the table with the first mainstream phone with a forward facing camera for video calling. Now every high end phone comes with it standard. They need another "stand-out" feature or they'll seriously start to fade into the background.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 18:00

25. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Well the Evo had a front facing camera before the iPhone just to be clear. But considering how all the top-tier Android devices are pretty much the same, Apple doesn't need to do much to stand out. I think in order to have another best-seller, they just need to at least match the speed of the Android devices (which shouldn't be that hard), keep up the retina display if they make the screen larger, and upgrade their camera, which again shouldn't be that hard. the rest will just come out to OS preference.

And I'm not surprised the iPhone 4 had more buzz. The lost prototype and the images/videos were all over the internet and all over the news.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 07:33

6. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


Certainly sounds like it could be a hoax... No pictures... phone mysteriously sold on CL for $200 never to bee seen again.

At least last year there were pics etc.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 07:47 3

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is just a BIG Apple marketing ploy, nothing more!

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 11:17

16. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


its been a while superf@gdroid lol jkjk man, anyways, it is a marketing ploy....the good thing about it is that......it works hahaha you guys are just hating cuz it works

damn now i gotta use an @: FAIL!

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 11:54

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3514; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol Good to see you too Apple Fanboy. Wow it's been a while. What's up, you have been vacationing?

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 16:50

22. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


na man, just been busy, I work 2 jobs and barely have time to get on here at all, we've been getting busy here at big yellow lol

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 16:55

24. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lol its been so long you forgot your PA login??!!!!

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 18:28

26. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


true or it could have been some random person making crap up. Losing top secret iPhones in a bar doesn't seem like something Apple would want to associate themselves with.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 08:12 1

8. cnwwyo (Posts: 123; Member since: 26 May 2011)


they need to do something to make their icrap interesting enough to sell! loool

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 09:38

9. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


A big corporation lie? Nah never happens. Its making want the iphony 5 even more. Tell more about this lost prototype/hype.

I have my money falling out of my pockets. Can't you see?

lol

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 09:40

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


The real question I have is whether Apple was involved in the rumors at all. You see this stuff all the time, people making stuff up to either cast a negative light on something or just to stir the pot up a little.

I doubt that there was anything as far as a marketing ploy since Apple still has yet to even confirm that they're releasing a handset any time this year.

At least when the iPhone 4 leaked, there was a *lot* more evidence about what was going on than there is this year. It makes no sense to hype something you cant even confirm is going to be out.

I get the feeling this was just some ploy by someone else out there to sell a story.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 09:41

11. naginalf (unregistered)


So, if I go to the cops and tell them I lost my phone but I know it is at so-and-so's house, and ask them to go get it, they'll laugh me out of the place.

Apple goes to the cops and it's a federal investigation and some poor sucker gets and anal exam. Does no one else notice this crapple?

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 09:44

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


Actually, it depends on the kind of evidence you can present. If you file a police report and you've got a tracking system in place they'll def. investigate. I had my laptop bag with my computer and my iPhone in it stolen a few weeks after putting the iPhone finder app on it and locked my phone down and got an actual exact address range due to a wifi signal and the police got all my stuff back.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 09:53

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


I mean like twice come on apple you fan do better
#RIMPIRE

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 11:07 1

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


Honestly i think it was the bar.
This is why. When i read the story the first thing i was thinking was where is this bar?

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 11:08

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


I could care less about a missing iPhone because the iPhone 5 is going to come out to the masses anyway.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 14:38

21. Chakra (Posts: 116; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


and in order to keep the hype, err news alive and fresh, Apple is going to sue themselves for libel - that way, they'll be able to write off all of the legal fees and expenses on it taxes, while also adding more money to their cash reserves, making them more solvent than the EU.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 04:46

28. MachoMachoMan (unregistered)


Those reporters went to the wrong place looking for confirmation. $teve Job$ actually uses the Village People to go to homes because their fanbois don't mind being searched by them. Of course, isheep would much prefer if the body searches were done by $teve himself.

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