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  • Apple Confirms iPhone 4G is Legit And They Want It Back!


    We'll folks, It looks like all of this buzz over the lost and found iPhone 4G prototype is indeed legit. So legit, that Apple has written a letter to Gizmodo demanding the "Stolen" iPhone back.

    After countless efforts to get in touch with Apple, Mr. Lam has finally got the claim he was looking for, and has given Apple the information they need to get in touch with the fellow currently in clutching this "iPhone 4G" in their hands.

    While this is very exciting news, one can still speculate what kind of return can be had from such an announcement. At this point in time, I'll take it as legit. But I'll also keep an open mind that this could all be a publicity stunt. We'll see what happens, maybe Gizomodo will video tape an Apple rep coming in to get the iPhone, because quite frankly, I don't know how else one could prove that Apple has claimed the "iPhone"

    The letter from Apple was as follows:

    "Dear Mr. Lam,

    It has come to our attention that GIZMODO is currently in possession of a device that belongs to Apple. This letter constitutes a formal request that you return the device to Apple. Please let me know where to pick up the unit.

    Sincerly,
    Bruce Sewell
    Senior Vice President & General Counsel"
    Here was the reply that Brian wrote back:

    Bruce, thanks.
    Here's Jason Chen, who has the iPhone. And here's his address. You two should coordinate a time.
    [Blah Blah Blah Address]
    Happy to have you pick this thing up. Was burning a hole in our pockets. Just so you know, we didn't know this was stolen [as they might have claimed. meaning, real and truly from Apple. It was found, and to be of unproven origin] when we bought it. Now that we definitely know it's not some knockoff, and it really is Apple's, I'm happy to see it returned to its rightful owner.
    P.S. I hope you take it easy on the kid who lost it. I don't think he loves anything more than Apple.
    And since this was the only missing piece of the puzzle, we have now both extinguished any doubts of its origin but also, we get to give the phone back. *warm, fuzzy, huggy feelings of legal compliance*
    California law states, "If it is lost, the owner has three years to reclaim or title passes to the owner of the premises where the property was found. The person who found it had the duty to report it."

    Source: Gizomodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Confirms iPhone 4G is Legit And They Want It Back! started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 80 Comments
    1. mardinn's Avatar
      mardinn -
      How do we know that this is legit also?
    1. imilad's Avatar
      imilad -
      The new iPhone is Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick!!!
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Ohhhhhh Shiiiiizzzznit!!!!!!!!!!!! Confirmed. Apple is on the hunt for it's belongings. That's a good thing to hear that it is true.... question is... will we see the 80 gb?
    1. finalfantasy_lkta's Avatar
      finalfantasy_lkta -
      uhhhh, i kinda dont like the unsmooth looking of that iphone. Rather have the 2G =(
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      I'm still not 100% sold, anyone can fake a letter from Apple. But not really sure how else they could prove this? A video of Apple picking it up? I dunno, seems too easy. But for now, I'll buy into this.
    1. WassHammoud's Avatar
      WassHammoud -
      Quote Originally Posted by mardinn View Post
      How do we know that this is legit also?
      exactly
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I will take two please
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Even the video could be staged... you never know these days.
    1. Micara57's Avatar
      Micara57 -
      Awesome. Thats all I can say...
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      sweeet, never doubted...feels good to see all the people who did and are feeling stupid =]
    1. Realdad1014's Avatar
      Realdad1014 -
      When the WSJ or CNET reports on something it's the real deal! Though it may be very hard to believe that Apple would let something like this leak, believe it!
    1. NikeJS's Avatar
      NikeJS -
      Hm, you think the final product will look like that?
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Rockin
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NikeJS View Post
      Hm, you think the final product will look like that?
      I believe that apple still has changes yet to be made as it is only a prototype..but it is a possibility that that may just be what the new iPhone will look like, if thats the case soak it in...and enjoy
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      No telling how old that design was. I do like the flat back and new features.
    1. runnerdown's Avatar
      runnerdown -
      What the ****

      Joking
    1. dbizzy1's Avatar
      dbizzy1 -
      This is a little weird...I'm guessing it's a staged event an the actual 4G will be a little different...putting this out gives them the perfect opportunity to give a sneak peek and gather any last minute public impressions to finish the product...non the less I need 2 asap
    1. risingkazuya05's Avatar
      risingkazuya05 -
      Hopefully I can use my spare screen protectors for the iPhone 4th gen. I got tons! :P
    1. 400milliliters's Avatar
      400milliliters -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      I'm still not 100% sold, anyone can fake a letter from Apple. But not really sure how else they could prove this? A video of Apple picking it up? I dunno, seems too easy. But for now, I'll buy into this.

      true indeed. in the meantime I'm buying the hype
      I suppose i better just get 2.....
    1. scatman10's Avatar
      scatman10 -
      Well Publicity stunt or not, it's a lot of fun thinking that we all have a sneak peek at the top secret 4G. like stealth mentioned I think my favorite part of the phone is the sexy shiny flat back side! I just hope the final release or "official 4G" is as pleasing to the eye as this "prototype."
      I gotta admit I was a bit iffy about the whole situation but I'm gonna say I'm leaning more towards the believer side now. :/

      Kinda shame they weren't able to get it over to either GeoHot or the DEVTEAM before having told apple they had it