Story of lost iPhone prototype may be just a hoax
posted by Nick T. / Sep 02, 2011, 5:02 AM
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.
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.However, the whole story is starting to look even more shaky than it already was after the guys from
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.
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maybe apple trying to hype up the iphone 5. ?
posted on Sep 02, 2011, 5:50 AM 4
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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 Sep 02, 2011, 7:04 AM 3
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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 Sep 02, 2011, 1:35 PM 0
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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 Sep 02, 2011, 6:00 PM 0
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This is just a BIG Apple marketing ploy, nothing more!
posted on Sep 02, 2011, 7:47 AM 3
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 Sep 02, 2011, 11:17 AM 0
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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 Sep 02, 2011, 9:40 AM 0
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 Sep 02, 2011, 9:41 AM 0
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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 Sep 02, 2011, 9:44 AM 0
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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 Sep 02, 2011, 11:07 AM 1
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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 Sep 02, 2011, 2:38 PM 0
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.
posted on Sep 03, 2011, 4:46 AM 0
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