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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. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      They should've gotten over it as soon as all the nonsense started.
    1. Chityuulay's Avatar
      Chityuulay -
      how it is theft ? the guy left it behind? the most is LOST PROPERTY! THEN if it is not Theft then NOT Stolen Property!
    1. rashad1's Avatar
      rashad1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chityuulay View Post
      how it is theft ? the guy left it behind? the most is LOST PROPERTY! THEN if it is not Theft then NOT Stolen Property!
      It was pretty obvious as to who that piece of lost property belonged to, that's where it becomes theft.
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      if the guy leaves it behind and someone finds it, that someone is supposed to return it to the police, not sell it. so technically, yes it is theft
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Didn't gizmodo return it to Apple right when they found out it was legit. Shouldn't the kid who sold it get sued not Gizmodo
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      wow, this drama is still going? I thought this ended before the i4 even came out..shock to me. I don't see why apple needs to sue gizmodo, 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
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Happy "Four of the same number" post, Messany!

    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I thought the kid tried calling apple and told them what he found, and they just blew him off. I could be mistaken..... It's been a while since I've read into this drama.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      On a side note... Best motion picture for 2012?
    1. pikachuthesquirtle's Avatar
      pikachuthesquirtle -
      i thought the whole thing ended when the iphone 4 was released.
    1. iRepairIndy's Avatar
      iRepairIndy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rashad1 View Post
      It was pretty obvious as to who that piece of lost property belonged to, that's where it becomes theft.
      Or it wasn't left behind at all and was actually stolen from the guy when he was drunk
    1. Xadamx1's Avatar
      Xadamx1 -
      Actually if you remember before he sold it he called and emailed apple several times. They wanted nothing to do with it.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      This case only wasting the time.....
    1. donkeykongking's Avatar
      donkeykongking -
      What a durp for the American justice system, let's worry about a prototype iPhone 4, which has become a huge success since this story, for a whole
      Year, WTF, worry about people who deal drugs and kill people, not people who leak an effin cell phone
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Why would they do that ^
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Great, the investigation is coming to a close just in time for Gizmodo to find an iPhone 5 prototype!
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      I forgot about this ... Should we play, Find the iPhone 5?
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      ^ Go Giants!!!

      Is this a criminal or a civil suit? And whatever happened to the good ol days of "finders keepers"!?
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      this is definitely not something to spend a year on
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      The PS3 Geohot case is just as ridiculous as the iPhone 4 Jason Chen case. The fact that either of these cases happend just shows how much the "Government" can be swayed with money. Drug Dealers take less **** then these 2 guys.