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.

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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31 Comments

1. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

What no pics with it powered on?

2. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 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.

6. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 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....

7. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 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. :)

9. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

pass.

13. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

your loss

19. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

29. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 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

30. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

LMAO

3. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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...

4. lumumba

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

8. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 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.

20. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

23. dyster

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

28. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

Yeah. That's what I meant.

5. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 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.

10. lxmndza

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 09, 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???????

21. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

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

11. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 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....

12. krys2110

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

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

14. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

unfortunate, but not surprising

24. Rock-X

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

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

15. vzwpenguin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

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

16. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

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

17. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 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

18. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

25. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

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

27. Jojofromdabay

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 06, 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...

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