Story of lost iPhone prototype may be just a hoax

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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27 Comments

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Mmmmm....ceviche

23. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

iSheep. pshh.

20. gmoney2087

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

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

3. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

maybe apple trying to hype up the iphone 5. ?

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

right.

18. gomulkaaa

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

Thanks, Sherlock.

5. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Wait a mo - haven't we seen this story before? This stuff is getting old... And does the iPhone 5 need more hype?

19. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 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.

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

6. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 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.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

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!

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

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

24. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

26. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

8. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

9. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 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

10. Geeksarebest

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

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?

12. Geeksarebest

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

13. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

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

14. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 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?

15. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

21. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

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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