Apple employee does another oopsie by losing an iPhone prototype in a bar yet again

Apple employee does another oopsie by losing an iPhone prototype in a bar yet again
Needless to say, there were plenty of parties that learned from the entire fiasco that played out with the prototype iPhone 4 last year when an Apple employee lost it at a bar. You’d think that people holding onto any of Apple’s unreleased products would be a bit more conscious about keeping them, but unfortunately for another employee, we’re starting to see the same thing playing out once again.

Who knows what it is. It could be the drinking and all, or possibly the stress befalling them since they’re guarding a previous device, but it seems that iPhone prototypes are prone to being lost for some odd reason. It’s being reported that one Apple employee lost an unreleased iPhone model late last month in July at the Cava22 bar in San Francisco. As soon as Apple was made known about the lost iPhone, the company was quick to scramble an investigation team to track and find out the whereabouts of the phone.

From the sound of it, the company tracked the phone to a specific house located in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights. Apparently, the authorities were soon called to help out and eventually investigators came knocking at the front door of the house where they spoke to “a man in his twenties.” The unnamed individual admitted that he was at Cava22 on the day that the iPhone went missing, but to his knowledge, he knew nothing about it – even despite being given a cash and “no questions asked” offer from the Cupertino based company.

Additionally, the man was even compliant enough to allow police to search his home for any evidence regarding the missing iPhone, but of course, nothing was found there. However, it’s reported that the handset was sold sometime later on Craigslist for a mere $200 to an unknown buyer. And that’s where the story about this missing iPhone ends for now.

At this point, if the reports are indeed true, someone out there is holding onto a precious piece of cargo – and they might not be aware about it. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see how things develop now that we’re nearing the inevitable announcement regarding Apple’s next-generation iPhone.

source: CNET via BGR

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63 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

damn, no pictures?

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

that's what I'm saying too

16. firebo14

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Drinking and partying....... BAD BAD BAD.

35. myLITTLEpony unregistered

Must be a sales technique secretly develop by apple. I bet if any other company loses their prototype apple will sue

41. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

what kind of pictures do you want?

48. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

DAMN. thats the first thing i thought.

2. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

At least the cops didn't confiscate the guy's computers like the last time.

3. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that's funny. i'd love to be a fly on the wall and see the buyer pull out his iPhone 5 unaware of how special it is and making a tech geek faint after seeing it.

5. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

What a dumbass! You sold an Apple prototype for $200, when you could have just driven to Cupertino, returned it and have an eternally grateful Steve Jobs, or Tim Cook showing you their appreciation with tons of free products. Well, if they can prove he sold it, the Apple lawyers will eat this guy alive.

7. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

And if the person who bought the prototype were smart, they would call Apple immediately and reap all the benefits of gewtting that device back to them without any further leaks. I can imagine Apple sending Mac Book Pros, the 27" iMac, Apple TV, and a $10,000 iTunes card. It could happen!

11. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Doubtful. Remember this is cApple, not exactly the most "giving" kind of company.

12. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

you don't sound too smart yourself. I seriously think attempting to blackmail Apple is not a very smart decision. Selling it to BGR or Engadget would have been a better idea.

19. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I don't think he was implying blackmail or extortion...sounded more like a "hope" of receiving a gift for doing the right thing. Nice guys finish last...

29. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Exactly! Just saying Apple is going to get it back come he'll or high water, so make it easier on yourself. Give it back.

32. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Haha gratitude from Apple? That's funny. Watch them snatch it away from you and send you home, lol

28. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

@E.N. Who said anything about blackmail? The guy who sold the first one to Gizmodo is in deep s**t for doing exact what your suggesting. So wouldn't it be smart to return the device to Apple in hopes of getting some kind of gratitude? Even if it's just a signed autograph picture from Steve himself. That's enough award for any Apple fan to do the right thing.

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i doubt it.. after last year's fiasco where apple sued the tech site and did a goulag style flip of their stuff to get the iphone back.. i doubt any site is going to buy it. apple is a frikkin tech mafia that deals in the trade of chineese slaves.

55. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@remix. If what you're saying is true. You and ilia, along with the other android fanboys in here, would be dead by now :)

53. biscutbob

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Sell it to samsung haha

17. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Idk if I would return it or not, but you can't put a price on doing the right thing. You have more to gain by returning the stolen/missing property than coveting it for personal gain. I remember seeing this written on the 2 Tablets Steve Jobs brought down from One Infinite Loop, lol

37. ilia1986 unregistered

Don't drink and test products lol. You see, iSheep? People who are testing the iPhone 5 need to take quite a few drinks to relax at the end of the day - because of how ridiculously limited the OS is. :P

39. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yeah because that makes complete sense. You just jumble things together and hope it makes sense don't you?

40. ilia1986 unregistered

Nope - I just post stuff because I expect a bit of sense of humor in people. That and it's fun bashing the rotten Apple as well. :D

42. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Some bashing and criticism can actually be funny. Like the "I want an iPhone 4" video that spread throughout youtube was pretty freaking hilarious. But where's the funny in your comment? People are drinking to relax because the OS is so limited? What?

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

howabout they were drinking to relax because they cant take off their Jobs control leash until the work day is over.

57. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@ilia. What a sad creature you are. You take fun in bashing? Ewww, android fanboys are really a bunch of low live ghettos. Lol. Thanks for admitting how hateful you are and for showing the readers how ghetto android fanboys are :)

63. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Android fanboys are really a bunch of low life ghettos.......and we are the haters. you are so nice and sweet all the time. NOT!!!!!

56. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@ilia. Says the Apple hater. Why am I not surprised. You see ilia. The iphone 5 will be another huge success. Which only means, more sleepless nights for you :) Why do you like torture yourself? Lol.

52. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Are you kidding? Apple would never pay a penny. They would just send their legal pit bulls after everone involved with the leaked info, make them sorry they were ever born, and get away with free advertising for their new device.

51. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

I doubt it, Apple is a cheap, stingy ass company. They don't give anything away to their devs at WWDC. They nickel and dime their customers with $35 dongles. They have an arrogant attitude from sheep waiting in line for the "opportunity" to buy their products.

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