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."