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Surveillance video of lost Apple iPhone 5 in Cava 22 bar was automatically erased

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Surveillance video of lost Apple iPhone 5 in Cava 22 bar was automatically erased
On the eve of Apple's introduction of the next-gen Apple iPhone(s) comes word about an incident that harkens back to the Summer. On July 22nd, when an Apple employee allegedly misplaced a prototype for the fifth-gen iPhone, there were 6 surveillance cameras at the Cava 22 bar where the incident was supposed to have taken place. Recently, the San Francisco Police Department requested the tape as part of an investigation about the conduct of the officers assigned to the case, and the SFPD were told that the tapes were automatically erased once the hard drive storing the images reached full capacity.

The 6 cameras do not record continuous video, instead they take pictures every 3 minutes apart and the video is saved for a small amount of time. Besides, the bar itself is poorly lit leaving images that are hard to decipher, especially when looking for something that no one has ever seen before. Jose Valle, whose family owns Cava 22, says he told the SFPD that the video is no longer available. A good question to ask would be, why did the SFPD wait so long to ask to see the tapes? Valle originally told Cnet that he had the tapes in question and would let them be viewed for a fee, which Cnet declined.

While Apple never filed a police report, the SFPD is said to be conducting an internal investigation of how two Apple investigators searched the home of Sergio Calderon, the person originally accused of ending up with the prototype. The Apple investigators found nothing unusual after searching Calderon's home and no one has claimed to have possession of the prototype.

Tomorrow, Apple is expected to introduce the next-gen Apple iPhone 5 and a Apple iPhone 4S. As we reported, a WSJ story today claims that Sprint has locked itself into a deal with Apple and will get an exclusive on the iPhone 5 while AT&T and Verizon get to offer customers a slightly improved Apple iPhone 4S.

source: Cnet

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posted on 03 Oct 2011, 22:58 2

1. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)


I mean, seriously. Why is it that there is always an iPhone, that is supposedly "under wraps", ending up in a damn BAR??? A BAR!!! Really, what do Apple employees do? Decide that bars are the best way to "cause commotion" about an upcoming product? .... "Hey, let me just slip this demo phone under the table there; just enough for people to see it and cause hype". I mean, enough is enough. All this damn secrecy. What ever happened to good old fashioned ADVERTISING? Or is THIS the new way of "spreadin' the word"? My goodness. Let's just hope that Apple doesn't kick THIS poor schmuck's door down.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 00:26 1

5. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


That was just once.

*Facepalm*

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 04:38

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


They go to bars to show off the new phones to the hoes. So they can you know. lol

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 23:31

2. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


this is the worst story of the week... a story about nothing and the conclusion will be that jobs will say, like lat time, "maybe you've seen this". bwa... roll on drums... fk who cares at this point

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 23:33 1

3. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


correction *last
caught my error... better than Apple right there, aren't i.. mmmmhmm

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 23:53 4

4. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Prototype iPhone 6 or 5S will be lost at a bar in the summer of 2012. WORD

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 00:37 1

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Nah. 1Q of 2012. The iPhone 6 or 5S will be out around end of 2Q or start of 3Q 2012. The sequence of events is that the new model getting lost in a bar is about 3 months before the phone actually is released.

I wonder where the iPhone 6 or 5S will be 'lost'? East Bay, anyone?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 01:25 1

7. DeviantDroid (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)


Oh give up apple tomorrow your new products will he revieled and no one will even care about this stupid lost iPhone story. Well atleast not till next year when your o-so-well kept secret is left in some bar somewhere .....

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 04:51 1

9. pongkie (Posts: 497; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Yeah like its believable SFPD, stop this circus the iphone 5 will be unveiled pretty soon. just collect your checks from Cook

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 05:15 2

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


I imagine SF must be a utopia because all crimes have been taking care of.

Now the SFPD have more time to do more for there corporate masters.

There is absolutely no crime in SF everyone its totally safe!

Only lost supposedly prototype cell phone recoveries.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 09:30

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6241; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


So the only way to market their iPhone every time they release a new one is to have their employee loose it at the same bar every time.how stupid can you get APPLE

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 09:44

12. jacko (unregistered)


when i lose a phone i want cops to go to all this trouble
of taking people away from looking into murders to look for a over hyped phone it just shows u have money u come first then the poor guy (no pun intended) in the body bag

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