Another iPhone Prototype got Lost, AGAIN!
It's deja vu all over again! In an exclusive report by Cnet, an Apple employee who may have been field testing the iPhone prototype, walks into Cava 22, a Mexican restaurant and bar in San Francisco's Mission district, then left without the phone. It was later found that the iPhone was sold for $200 in Craigslist ad.
I can still remember last year's iPhone 4 fiasco, an Apple employee walks in to a bar, had a few drinks then left without the iphone 4 prototype which was enclose to an iPhone 3gs case. The phone was later bought by a gadget blog that paid $5,000 in cash. Anyone can see the pattern here?
A couple of days after the phone was lost, Apple reported the incident to San Francisco police, saying "the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return". Apple later traced the location of the lost phone to a near by two-floor, single-family home in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood.
When SF Police San and Apple's investigators visited the house, they were entertained by a man in his twenties and confirmed that he was at Cava 22 on the same night that the device went missing, but later denied any knowledge of the missing phone. When the police searched his home (with the man's permission of course), they did not find anything. Apple even offered the man money in exchange to the phone but the man continue to deny any knowledge of the phone.
It may be a coincident that phone prototype got lost just weeks before the Apple event on Sept. 7, where Apple is expected to announce new Apple products like iPods, the low-cost 8GB iPhone 4 or 4S and probably the iPhone 5.
As if Apple haven't learned anything from last year's iPhone 4 fiasco, I would assume that Apple will be extra cautious when field testing their upcoming products and considering how secretive Apple is on their unreleased products, another Apple employee may be leaving the company.