Apple employee loses iPhone prototype in a bar

CNET reported on Monday that an Apple employee lost an iPhone 5 prototype in a tequila bar in San Francisco. The police are investigating the case.  This is the second time an Apple device is lost, since the embarrassing event that happened last year, when an iPhone 5 prototype was lost.

They’ve done it again! Apparently, Apple employees work too hard and start forgetting things, especially company’s things. This week, CNET reported a missing Apple prototype for iPhone 5. One of the company’s employees lost the device in a tequila bar located in San Francisco. The company sought the help of the police forces in order to recuperate the phone. With the help of a GPS tracking device, they were able to locate the iPhone prototype. It indicated the address of a home in San Francisco. A team formed by four police officers and two Apple employees went to search the indicated destination. However, when they arrived at the place, they looked for the device everywhere and it was not to be found.

 The San Francisco police released and official statement in which they explained the steps taken since their department was called for assistance. “Apple employees called Mission police station directly, wanting assistance in tracking down a lost item”. The report then stated that the Apple employees and the police team went to the specified address where the GPS indicated the prototype would be. One resident of the house, Sergio Calderon, 22, declared that he had been in the bar the night the iPhone was lost, but he said he did not take it.  “The Apple employees did not find the lost item and left the house.”

A similar incident took place last year, when the prototype of the iPhone4 was reportedly stolen by Gizmodo technology bloggers. The blogger published information and photos of the device and claimed they bought them with 5,000 dollars from a man who found them in a public place. Apple has filed a lawsuit against Gizmodo, but a few weeks ago the verdict of the prosecutors was given and it was in favor of the bloggers.


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  1. somehow this doesn’t sound accidental. Last year an apple employee “accidentally” lost an iPhone 4 in a bar thus causing it to be leaked to the world, now it’s an iPhone 5…

    This cannot be just a simple coincidence. I think Apple is leaking the device to build hype for it’s official release.

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