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  • iPhone 5 Prototype Turns Up Missing in San Francisco Bar


    No, you didn't accidentally click on a headline from early 2010. And, no, this isn't a joke. Apple has lost another next-gen iPhone prototype in a fashion eerily similar to the conditions in which the iPhone 4 went missing months before the fourth generation device was meant to be seen in public.

    Although no shortage of unanswered questions remain about this developing story out of northern California, here's what we know for sure. Apple is working with police to recover what is presently believed to be a missing iPhone 5 prototype. The device went missing at a bar in San Francisco's Mission District.

    An unnamed Apple employee is believed to have lost the device.

    Although we're just finding out about the lost iPhone 5 now, the incident reportedly happened in late July. "This year's lost phone seems to have taken a more mundane path,"" CNET confirms in its coverage of this almost too-difficult-to-believe story. "It was taken from a Mexican restaurant and bar and may have been sold on Craigslist for $200. Still unclear are details about the device, what version of the iOS operating system it was running, and what it looks like."

    No police report, however, was officially filed by Apple - likely in an effort to keep this development under wraps. For now, Apple isn't offering comment on the matter. But all published reports, and even sources within the San Francisco PD, confirm one thing - the missing iPhone 5 has not yet been recovered.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 5 Prototype Turns Up Missing in San Francisco Bar started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      They do this on purpose.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      They do this on purpose.
      duh
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Really?
      To good to be true and thats too low of a cost for a proto type
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      Didn't the guy who lost the ip4 kill himself out of shame? Maybe I'm thinking of a different story....
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      No I think you are right
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Hopefully if its true we will see pics soon enough
    1. iJasonTATE's Avatar
      iJasonTATE -
      No doubt in my mind, they do it on purpose.
    1. emtee25's Avatar
      emtee25 -
      According to afew sites it was recovered a couple of days later in someones house.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      links?
    1. brianiino's Avatar
      brianiino -
      So your telling me this guy lost the new iPhone 5 in a bar, same case as last year? Oh and it looks JUST like the iPhone 4 but with a little better camera and a little faster? Yeah I bet the phone was sold on craigslist and I bet the person that bought it thinks its a iPhone 4. Pointless.
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      I wonder if Gizmodo got his hands on it again.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      Hopefully if its true we will see pics soon enough
      I hope so too. Although I have a good feeling the top pic is what I think it's gonna be like.
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Yea..... I had to look at the calendar to make sure what year this was again...... this is just too funny.... I do hope the person that bought it realizes it and posts up some specks on it...
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      groundhog day?????
      Did Apple lose its innovation in marketing technique because Jobs left?
      Seriously I think this time it is on purpose. Apple saw that not only the sale of iPhone4 was not affected by the "theft", it generated enough hype that it boosted sales for iPhone4.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      groundhog day?????
      Did Apple lose its innovation in marketing technique because Jobs left?
      Seriously I think this time it is on purpose. Apple saw that not only the sale of iPhone4 was not affected by the "theft", it generated enough hype that it boosted sales for iPhone4.
      Yeah we know. That's why we know this is def on purpose
    1. Paco's Avatar
      Paco -
      Who would sell a iPhone of any type for 200?
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pancho paco View Post
      Who would sell a iPhone of any type for 200?
      Not even the 1st iPhone lol
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Its like deja vu
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Not really a big deal....not like it's anything we haven't seen before in terms of design. Pics will be exactly the same.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Yeah we know. That's why we know this is def on purpose
      I just wish Apple would lose their iPhones at a bar near me is all, I would even pay for "loser's fee" (instead of finders fee)