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  • Investigation into Gizmodo iPhone 4 Case Almost Finished

    Not only did the investigation into the Gizmodo iPhone 4 leak last well past the actual launch of the iPhone 4, it's come pretty close to lasting until the release of the iPhone 5. But word broke late this week that the seemingly unending investigation into what really happened with the iPhone 4 leak may finally be drawing to a close. San Mateo, California district attorney Stephen Wagstaffe admits the case may actually conclude in early April. Investigators scouring through loads of information and interview testimony will then turn over their findings to Wagstaffe.

    For now, all we know (or think we know) is that last year an Apple employee working on the forthcoming iPhone 4 mistakenly left a prototype of the device at a bar while partying it up for his birthday. Subsequently, the device was located and identified by a local college student who allegedly employed back-channel communications to sell the device to Gizmodo for $5,000 (see leaked image from Gizmodo posted above).

    All along, of course, something has appeared fishy about the supposedly leaked iPhone 4 debacle. And although it isn't clear if we'll ever get all the gory details, it does appear certain that Steve Jobs' summary of the controversy at last year's All Things D conference was spot on: "So this is a story that's amazing: it's got theft, it's got buying stolen property, it's got extortion, I'm sure there's some sex in there. The whole thing is very colorful. The DA is looking into it, and to my knowledge they have someone making sure they only see stuff that relates to this case. I don't know how it will end up."

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Investigation into Gizmodo iPhone 4 Case Almost Finished started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. bagek's Avatar
      bagek -
      My buddy knows the guy who found the iPhone and he said he sold it for much much more than $5000 but he wouldnt give up the exact amount
    1. ChaoticAces's Avatar
      ChaoticAces -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      You mean the iPhone 4 gizmodo payed $5000 out of their pockets for so they could take pictures for the site, the one they offered to give back without any reimbursement along as apple acknowledged it was their prototype iPhone? It was a simple question, "Is this yours?" and Apple wouldn't say yes or no, instead they just used their money to make some peoples lives a living hell. Giz did nothing wrong, the iPhone 4 leak cost apple money...Yes, but it saved people who didn't know a new iPhone was coming from signing a new 2 year contract to get "last years model". Apple took this way to far. For you to say Jason Chen and gawker should be punished to the point of poverty is horrible. I think your post was in the top 5 dumbest post I have read this year.

      BTW all the hype from the leaked iPhone 4 images and news contributed to the iPhone 4 selling over a million devices the first weekend.

      You had to get inside of his car (Unlawful Entry) to take it, The Dumbass with the iphone 4 prototype left it at a bar.

      How The **** do you know it was a lie?

      So its okay for an Apple store employee to sell you a iphone knowing that in a month The New Better model is coming out for the same price, and not let you know? Apple did not suffer from this at all. They made so much ******* money off all this iphone 4 leak ****. I bet they sold more iphone 4s then they lost in 3GS sales

      If he left his ******* phone in a bar then ignored calls and emails to return it then its his fault it got sold, Im Positive if he lost his phone then the person who bought it called him and said they would give it back for free and take the loss on the price they payed for it, and all he had to was sign a statement saying it was his property He would just sign the damn receipt and get his ******* phone back.

      Did you think before you posted, or did you just type the dumbest ******* things that came to mind first?
      Thank you very much, you said one of the smartest things here. You win the internet.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Unless I knew exactly what happened I would have to say that this has just been a waste of time for all involved.
    1. nicolawillett's Avatar
      nicolawillett -
      they already have billions of dollars and 'leak' of the iPhone 4 just ramped up the hype for the 4, back before it came out of course