Apple employee loses another iPhone prototype in a bar

An Apple employee walks into a bar; stop me if you've heard this one. After the embarrassing loss of the iPhone 4 prototype last year in a California bar, another Apple employee has managed to lose another iPhone 5 prototype.

As CNet reports, the Apple employee lost the iPhone 5 prototype device at Cava22, a bar in San Francisco, and may have been sold on Craigslist for $200. Apple electronically traced the device down to home in San Francisco, but as police and Apple investigators met with home owner, a search of his house turned up nothing. The man confirms he was at Cava22 the night the prototype device went missing, but admits he never saw the device.

It's not uncommon for Apple to give employees prototype devices to field test, as there has been numerous reports of people spotting what they believe to be an unreleased Apple device. 9to5mac.com posted a suspected image of the iPhone 5 prototype device on a train in San Francisco.

Apple declined to comment on the missing prototype device, but did mention to the local authorities that the device was "priceless". It's unknown if Apple has retrieved the device, or if any of the rumoured images floating around the Internet are in fact real.

The iPhone 5 is rumoured to be releasing this October, but Apple hasn't confirmed any details of the iPhone 5 yet.

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In charge of prototype... Do not take out on the razz with you... Simple really?

Oh no wait; then they couldn't 'lose' it.

Nikos_GR said,
Yeah! Another one "looses" an iphone prototype... Wonder for how much...

hehe I was going to say the same thing, its another convenient "accident" oops there goes another one, oh well more press and publicity and a few quid in my pocket to boot

It's fashion for apple employees to lose their proto in bars. So, if you want to know which iPhone is coming, go to bars!!

Instead of posting every effing rumors about the upcoming iPhone, some bloggers should get to visit the bars around the following areas in California
- San Francisco
- Cupertino
- Infinity Loop
- Redwood city (original location of the 2010 heist)
- Steve Jobs house

that way you get BREAKING NEWS instead of these lame series of RUMORS!

My favourite quote from last year was this -

"iPhone 4 - loses bars when you hold it, gets lost IN a bar when you don't".

Not trolling, I genuinely loved that quote.

Kushan said,
My favourite quote from last year was this -

"iPhone 4 - loses bars when you hold it, gets lost IN a bar when you don't".

Not trolling, I genuinely loved that quote.

Seriously one of the best quotes I've read this week.

GS:mac

Police and Apple "Investigators" get to search his house over some stupid phone. So on a rumor they could just come to any of your homes and "search" whatever they like. Anyone else see a problem with this whole thing? Insipid little government fuktards need not respond.

Hahaiah said,
Police and Apple "Investigators" get to search his house over some stupid phone. So on a rumor they could just come to any of your homes and "search" whatever they like. Anyone else see a problem with this whole thing? Insipid little government fuktards need not respond.

If you read the original article, the home owner allowed them to do a search. It's not like they went and got a search warrant.

Hahaiah said,
Police and Apple "Investigators" get to search his house over some stupid phone. So on a rumor they could just come to any of your homes and "search" whatever they like. Anyone else see a problem with this whole thing? Insipid little government fuktards need not respond.

To top it off, Apple never officially filed a police report about the lost prototype, makes you wonder why the police is then so co-operative and spend all this time on the search.

Interesting, either Apple employees are alcoholics or very depressed. Maybe neither but you would think after the first time you would think testers would have the sense to leave a "priceless" phone at home in a vault. I would hate to be that person that has to go into work the next day and tell their boss that they lost the companies "priceless" phone at a bar the night before. If real pics and info gets out again I figure someone may end up fired this time. Though the heart attack the employee had when he found the phone missing was probably punishment enough. lol

"Priceless"="Worthless". Just give me a prototype I will return it once I make a few moulds

Does this mean that the Apple employees are actually just a bunch of drunks that hangs out at bars become so inebriated they forget a "priceless" iPhone? TWICE EVEN!

How could an iPhone be deemed "priceless." I'm sure they could just make another one. Besides, it's not like it's a huge secret ANOTHER phone is coming soon.

Lexcyn said,
How could an iPhone be deemed "priceless." I'm sure they could just make another one. Besides, it's not like it's a huge secret ANOTHER phone is coming soon.
Apple drama. To them it's of the utmost importance to keep it hush-hush but then they let their obliterated drunk employees run around town losing them in bars.

Tim Dawg said,
Apple drama. To them it's of the utmost importance to keep it hush-hush but then they let their obliterated drunk employees run around town losing them in bars.

A prototype of a new device ready to be launched could be considered priceless by any company.....

I do not like Apple at all but reality is reality.....

Well if it was GPS tracked to his house he can't do much to deny it I'd assume that's what they mean by "electronically traced" anyway.

~Johnny said,
Well if it was GPS tracked to his house he can't do much to deny it I'd assume that's what they mean by "electronically traced" anyway.
Too bad he hid it under a big pile of clothes and GPS isn't accurate enough to give them the location down to the inch (or foot) so he just played dumb all the while hiding it. Today he'll be contacting every tech site & magazine in the known world and try to sell it for a million dollars. Meanwhile there are suspicious black vans with tinted windows parked outside his house. Sure, he suspects they might be Apple, but how can he know? Well....I guess the big shiny chrome Apple on the side of the black van is a giveaway!

Tim Dawg said,
Too bad he hid it under a big pile of clothes and GPS isn't accurate enough to give them the location down to the inch (or foot) so he just played dumb all the while hiding it. Today he'll be contacting every tech site & magazine in the known world and try to sell it for a million dollars. Meanwhile there are suspicious black vans with tinted windows parked outside his house. Sure, he suspects they might be Apple, but how can he know? Well....I guess the big shiny chrome Apple on the side of the black van is a giveaway!

Or rather, consumer GPS isn't accurate enough to give the the location down the inch (or foot).