Police help Apple hunt for missing iPhone prototype

Sep 04, 2011
File photo shows a man walking past an Apple Store in San Francisco, California. An Apple employee lost a yet-to-be-released iPhone 5 in a tequila bar in San Francisco's Mission District in July, reports say

San Francisco police have assisted Apple in the search for a prototype of the latest iPhone that went astray in a bar in a repeat of an embarrassing loss that took place last year.

An Apple employee lost a yet-to-be-released iPhone 5 in a tequila bar in San Francisco's Mission District in July, technology news site CNET reported this week.

After the device was electronically tracked using GPS technology to a San Francisco house, four police officers and two Apple employees visited the home, the San Francisco police said in a statement distributed to news outlets.

"Apple employees called Mission police station directly, wanting assistance in tracking down a lost item," the press release said.

"The two Apple employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item," it said. "The Apple employees did not find the lost item and left the house."

The statement did not identify the item being searched for but the title of the document carried a tantalizing hint: iPhone5.doc.

A resident of the home, Sergio Calderon, 22, told SF Weekly that he has visited the bar where the phone was reportedly lost but he did not have the device. He said the search of his house took place in July.

Cupertino, California-based Apple began selling the last year and is expected to unveil the latest model, the iPhone 5, in September or October.

Word of another unreleased iPhone model disappearing in a bar came just weeks after decided not to pursue criminal charges against Gizmodo technology bloggers who got hold of a lost iPhone 4 prototype last year.

Gizmodo published pictures and details of the iPhone prototype after buying it for $5,000 from a man who claimed to have found it in a beer garden where it was lost by an Apple .

have been filed against the man who purportedly found the 4 prototype and another who brokered the deal to sell it to Gizmodo.

The pair pleaded not guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor charges in San Mateo County Superior Court.

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Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (4) Sep 04, 2011
This is exactly what one expects to see in a Facscist, Corporate Controlled, Police State.

Nik_2213
5 / 5 (1) Sep 04, 2011
Uh, perhaps their publicity department is trying a bit too hard ??
Temple
not rated yet Sep 04, 2011
One wonders how upset people would be if the police were to assist Ford in recovering a missing prototype vehicle.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 04, 2011
"The two Apple employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item," - article

Remember that when Ford comes to search your house.
Burnerjack
5 / 5 (2) Sep 04, 2011
The same stunt AGAIN? Guys! Apple can't afford legitimate publicity? At least make it believable. Every hour the police search for that "missing" prototype is an hour NOT spent on a missing child,etc. Think about it.
CarolinaScotsman
5 / 5 (1) Sep 05, 2011
Hey Apple. Lost your prototype? Try looking in the same place you lost your credibility.
89118a
1 / 5 (1) Sep 05, 2011
Say hello to my little 2nd amendment!
Temple
not rated yet Sep 06, 2011
Remember that when Ford comes to search your house.


If Ford were to track the GPS locator in the car to my house, and they showed up with police I would A) not be upset at the allocation of police efforts, and B) not allow them in without a warrant.

If I allowed Ford to come in and search my garage without a warrant, I would not suggest any wrong-doing if they then proceeded to do just that.
Temple
4 / 5 (1) Sep 06, 2011
Every hour the police search for that "missing" prototype is an hour NOT spent on a missing child,etc. Think about it.


If only it were true that adding additional man-power would solve these types of crime. There would be few or no unsolved murders/kidnappings/etc. Allocation of police resources is not a simple matter.

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