The Sad (and Possibly Criminal) Tale of an iPhone Prototype

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Did you hear the one about the guy who left the Apple iPhone 4g in a bar? Oh wait, that's not a joke -- it really happened. From Gizmodo:

The beer was excellent. "I underestimated how good German beer is," he typed into the next-generation iPhone he was testing on the field, cleverly disguised as an iPhone 3GS. It was his last Facebook update from the secret iPhone. It was the last time he ever saw the iPhone, right before he abandoned it on bar stool, leaving to go home.

How about the one about the guy who found an iPhone 4g prototype, tried to give it back but when Apple wouldn't take it -- he sold it. To Gizmodo. Errr, that happened, too. And then he sold the iPhone 4g prototype to Gizmodo, who says:

[O]ur source started dialing Apple contact and support numbers. He was turned away, and given a support ticket number.

Gizmodo did exactly what you'd expect them to do: They took it apart and they blogged about the next Apple iPhone:

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It's unclear if it's the 960x640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the "Connect to iTunes" screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

It's also not a joke that Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home was raided and his computers confiscated. (This raid has led to more discussions about whether or not bloggers are protected under journalism shield laws.) From the Gizmodo.com post:

Last Friday night, California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen's home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers. They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo. According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.

So what was Gary Powell doing with an iPhone 4g, out in the wild? And why wasn't he fired for losing the iPhone 4g prototype? An Apple employee was fired for showing the iPad 3g to Steve Wozniak on release day.

I've had a lot of fun arguing with TW about all of the different issues surrounding this lost and found iPhone 4g and I tend to agree with @SelfishMom.

Now it's your turn to tell us what you think.

Hey, this guy came into Sarki's and said, "I lost my pink Blackberry in here a couple of weeks ago -- do you have it?" and was teased for a good while by his friends. Oops, also a true story.

Hold on to your cell phones, OK?

~Denise BlogHer Community Manager
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