It’s déjà vu all over again—
For tech fans, the reported loss of an iPhone 4 prototype last year by an Apple engineer at a Redwood City bar brought laughter and giggles. This year, an iPhone 5 prototype was lost and misplaced at a bar in San Francisco, and Apple probably needs to keep its employees from visiting bars after work.
The iPhone was lost in July of this year and was discretely keep quiet by Apple for obvious reasons. San Francisco Police said that there was no report filed by Apple on the lost iPhone 5 prototype.
According to CNET, Apple insiders who knew about the missing phone said that Apple security went on a mad dash to recover the iPhone 5 as quickly as possible.
The iphone 5 was lost at the Cava22 restaurant in the Mission District. Apple immediately put a tracer on the missing device and electronically tracked it down to an address located in the Bernal Heights District.
A man at the location admitted to being at Cava22 but denied all knowledge of seeing the missing iPhone 5. An authorized search by the police turned up no evidence of the iPhone 5.
However, the employee who traced the iPhone 5 to the Bernal Heights residence offered $5,000 cash to the man, no questions asked, for its return.
The resident said he had no information about it.
Sources believe that the iPhone 5 may have been sold on Craigslist for a mere $200. Last year’s missing iPhone 4 prototype was bought for $5,000 by tech blog Gizmodo in order to publish an exclusive story on the new Apple phone.
Apple leashes for iPhones
The incidents of iPhone prototypes in the wild are done to field test the devices to see how they operate under real-world conditions.
Journalists and industry watchers try everything in their power to dig out stats and details about new iPhones from Apple, but with little or no results.
But all is not lost; they just have wait a few months and a prototype will show up in a bar somewhere.
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