Apple claims Gizmodo's iPhone 4G leak 'immensely damaging'

According to a report from CNN Money, Gizmodo's leak of pictures and videos of the iPhone 4G last month - which went into exhaustive detail, has been "immensely damaging" and will have a "huge" negative effect on the company.

Apple attourney, George Riley said that the leaked images of the phone and its features were "immensely damaging" to a detective at San Mateo's County Sheriff's Office. He went on to say that, "By publishing details about the phone and its features ... people that would have otherwise purchased a currently existing Apple product would wait for the next item to be released, thereby hurting overall sales and negatively affecting Apple's earnings," - although Riley was unable to estimate how large a financial hit could be to Apple from the event.

Gizmodo allegedly purchased the phone off a man who found the iPhone 4G in a bar in Redwood City, and published exhaustive details on April 19th - including pictures of the exterior and interior, as well as a video tour - many features such as a front-facing camera and a new display were revealed. In response, after retrieving the iPhone, police raided Jason Chen's home - the editor of Gizmodo and confiscated all his computer equipment.

Kevin Hunt, analysts and Hapoalim Securities said "It's a bunch of legalese and B.S. from lawyers, everyone knew a new iPhone was coming" and that the iPhone OS 4.0 event a week earlier revealed much more than the leak did, as the iPhone was not operational anyway and could not show it's capabilities.

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