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Apple Loses Another 4th-Gen iPhone

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the ok-now-its-funny dept.

Cellphones 466

An anonymous reader noted that Apple appears to have lost another of its 4th generation iPhones. This doesn't seem like the most efficient distribution mechanism, Steve. Wonder if the SWAT team will get called in.

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Part deux (3, Informative)

Dan East (318230) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181140)

Looks exactly like the phone Gizmodo got their hands on, except this one has a SIM slot on the right. I tend to believe these are the real deal.

Re:Part deux (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181160)

The phone wasn't lost, it was just stuffed up someone's ass and they didn't want to admit it.

Captcha: impact

Re:Part deux (0, Offtopic)

grub (11606) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181272)


The phone wasn't lost, it was just stuffed up someone's ass and they didn't want to admit it.

Weren't they worried about the greased Yoda doll scratching the lovely oleophobic touch screen?

Re:Part deux (1)

Rallias Ubernerd (1760460) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181368)

No they decided this was more valuable

Re:Part deux (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181406)

Not funny. Do you realize how long my father carried a watch up his ass when *he* was in Vietnam?

Re:Part deux (1)

dburkland (1526971) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181436)

Haha thanks for the morning laugh, always room for Pulp Fiction references

Re:Part deux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181690)

Allllllllllllriighty then!

Re:Part deux (1)

Rallias Ubernerd (1760460) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181238)

Whether or not they're real, whats so special about a robbery?

Re:Part deux (0)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181432)

even assuming foul play, pickpocketing != robbery.

robbery implies threats of violence. You can bet, if there was robbery involved, the victim would have come forth. Pickpocketing, on the other hand, the victim might not yet have noticed.

Re:Part deux (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181512)

even assuming foul play, pickpocketing != robbery.

robbery implies threats of violence.


So if someone breaks into your house while you're away on vacation, you can't say that you've been robbed?!?!?!?

Re:Part deux (1)

no1nose (993082) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181642)

Isn't that called burglarized?

Deception (2, Interesting)

Dan East (318230) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181680)

Now that I've thought about this more, if Apple were really, REALLY, clever, they would plant fakes - perhaps prototypes, or even specially created units - just to lead everyone off track. The planting of a second unit exactly matching the first would only reinforce the illusion.

So these are either the real units, or they are a strategic deception by Apple.

Wow. (2, Interesting)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181148)

After all the fuss with the last one.. you'd really have to be a complete and utter moron to do this. Did Gray ever get fired for loss of the first phone?

Re:Wow. (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181274)

Did Gray ever get fired for loss of the first phone?

For that matter, has anyone heard anything from him recently?

Re:Wow. (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181362)

No communication is allowed in or out at Apple's re-affirmation camp.

Re:Wow. (3, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181424)

No, he's been relocated to Cancun in punishment for instigating such a successful publicity campaign.

Wrong question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181578)

Has anyone heard anything from him BEFORE?
Does anyone actually know him IRL-like?
Did he ever really exist or is "Mr. Gray" just an imaginary character created by Apple's marketing department?

I have to go now... my shipment of tin foil I've ordered from China (via dummy corporation in Singapore) has just arrived.

Not wow. Marketing. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181320)

Easy and cheap - "look, we got to the front page of /. again, practically for free".

Re:Not wow. Marketing. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181688)

They have to be saying that at least 5-6 times a day, the way the /. editors seem to think anything remotely Apple related is some kind of big news deal, lately.

Re:Wow. (2, Funny)

virgilp (1774784) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181640)

I think I read somewhere that Apple decided that they won't fire him, instead as a punishment he would be relocated to Apple's office in Vietnam.

Just a thought (4, Insightful)

sheph (955019) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181154)

Couldn't be intentional to drum up interest?

Re:Just a thought (4, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181178)

I think at this point, it would have to be...years of successfully controlling leaks, and then a prototype for the same product line gets leaked TWICE within weeks of each other? Yeah...I could believe the first one to be an honest mistake, but there is no way this one wasn't planned. /tinfoil hat

Re:Just a thought (2, Insightful)

sctprog (240708) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181222)

You could be right.. but that doesn't really seem to be Apple's way..

More likely there's an employee in the right place wanting to make a little extra cash.. at least til

Re:Just a thought (1)

sctprog (240708) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181244)

*till he gets caught..

(sorry for having to reply to myself)

Re:Just a thought (-1, Troll)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181706)

that doesn't really seem to be Apple's way..

You mean, "in the butt"?

Re:Just a thought (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181662)

There's a guy facing serious legal repercussions over the first "leak". He had his house searched and computer equipment seized.

So if it's not real, they owe him an apology.

Re:Just a thought (5, Insightful)

cowscows (103644) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181724)

Or maybe with Apple currently being more successful that it's ever been, and the iphone being a hugely popular device right now, the temptation to learn or share privileged information is just well beyond anything that Apple has seen before?

Apple would have zero problems getting more "legitimate" news coverage if they wanted it. They're always so careful with the aesthetics of their marketing, why would they want to leak grainy photos and poorly lit videos by random people when they could easily get crisp clean front page covers of a dozen different magazines/website? I guess they could be trying some sort of "underground" marketing strategy, but that doesn't make sense for a company where image is very important.

Re:Just a thought (1)

danny_lehman (1691870) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181202)

i thought about that i bit. it's certainly different from their usual intentional leaks. maybe they just learned how to put on a better show.

Re:Just a thought (1)

mvar (1386987) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181216)

it's called marketing

Re:Just a thought (1)

mtinsley (1283400) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181232)

Step 1: "Lose" prototype
Step 2: Have police raid reporters home
Step 3: Repeat

Any publicity is good publicity?

Re:Just a thought (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181536)

Step 1: "Lose" prototype

I believe in this case the prototypes have been loosed.

Re:Just a thought (1)

Coder4Life (1396697) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181546)

Here, I fixed it for you

Step 1: "Lose" prototype
Step 2: Create mystery around 2 similar but decidedly different scenarios
Step 3: ???
Step 4: PROFIT!!!

Re:Just a thought (4, Funny)

crossmr (957846) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181352)

speaking of which, what is this i-phone thing anyway?

Re:Just a thought (5, Funny)

Aeros (668253) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181400)

Isnt this just Apples new way of selling iphones for $4000-$5000 a pop?

Re:Just a thought (5, Insightful)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181506)

The early prototype for what eventually became the Palm Pre, Blackberry Bold, and Nokia Symbian phones.

Some people still buy them out of nostalgia for the good old days when you weren't bothered with having to tether, were protected from the confusion of too much choice in applications, didn't have to deal with the hassle of replacing batteries, could concentrate on doing only one thing at a time and your phone supported this by not multitasking, and when "(whatever memory is installed in the phone) is enough for everybody".

Ah, memories.

Re:Just a thought (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181450)

Just a thought. Is water wet? :)

One of these leaks is "probably" an intentional marketing campaign. Two, in the course of a few short weeks, is falling deeply into "Captain Obvious" territory.

Stevie loves to be in the headlines, but doesn't have any new ohh shiny to show off right now. These prototypes are cheap advertising.

Re:Just a thought (4, Insightful)

Dracker (1323355) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181516)

Probably not, for two good reasons.

-Apple has taken legal action against the journalist at Gizmodo reporting on the previous prototype. This would not have happened if the leak was intentional.

-Apple is not stupid. They know about the Osborne Effect [wikipedia.org] - that releasing too much hype and information on new products causes immediate losses as people who would have bought the current product sit and wait for the new product's release instead.

Re:Just a thought (1)

pastafazou (648001) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181522)

or a decoy to mislead the competition into thinking the next version is just a revision, and the real 4th gen is quite different?

Re:Just a thought (2, Funny)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181542)

This reminds me of a Russian joke:

- Your honor, the victim accidentally tripped and fell on my knife seven times.

LOL WUT!? (2, Funny)

the_one_wesp (1785252) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181156)

Why would anyone, after the last guys house having been searched and property seized, post more pictures of them having taken apart a, from Apple's perspective, STOLEN iPhone?

Re:LOL WUT!? (5, Insightful)

zarzu (1581721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181198)

because steve will have a hard time convincing obama to go to round two with vietnam?

Re:LOL WUT!? (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181206)

The fact that, FTFA, the pictures appeared on a Vietnamese website, I don't think the owners have anything to worry about.

punctuation (5, Funny)

Threni (635302) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181162)

> This doesn't seem like the most efficient distribution mechanism Steve

I always had my doubts about the efficiency of Steve as a distribution mechanism.

Re:punctuation (1)

Custard Horse (1527495) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181176)

It certainly is a good way to reduce overheads.

(1) "If you find this phone, send Apple $300"

(2) ...

(3) Profit

Lost? You keep using that word. (4, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181164)

I do not think it means what you think it means.

Apple hardware is being found, in the same way you can find a wallet, if the owner doesn't notice your hand in their pocket.

Re:Lost? You keep using that word. (4, Interesting)

kannibal_klown (531544) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181288)

It's hard to do considering these phone are pseudo camouflaged, from my understanding at first glance it looks like an ordinary iPhone.

It would be like "Finding" a wallet in someone's pocket with something specific inside (like a 2-dollar bill or a Discover credit card). Sure if you check enough wallets I'm sure you'll find them but it would be noticed fairly quickly.

I imagine the big options are:

- Intentional leaks by Apple. The most likely in me eyes since it's now twice.

- *Very* careless employees, perhaps bragging that they have the new 4g (perhaps while intoxicated). Then leaving them behind, or not noticing that the phone disappeared 2 minutes after they bragged about it.

- An inside job, or some otherwise corporate espionage thing. I don't see what they would gain here other than seeing what Apple's internals look like a few weeks early, which wouldn't help them rush a product to market ahead of Apple.

- Some other sort of coordinated effort with geeks trying to find out which Apple employee might have the phone. Find out where the phones are developed, determine which employees work in fields with access to the iPhones, chat up those 1-2 dozen employees until you find one with the phone.

Re:Lost? You keep using that word. (0, Offtopic)

ifrag (984323) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181416)

*Very* careless employees, perhaps bragging that they have the new 4g (perhaps while intoxicated). Then leaving them behind, or not noticing that the phone disappeared 2 minutes after they bragged about it.

I suppose it's possible, but I have a hard time believing this personally. Maybe not everyone is like this, but regardless of what mental state I'm in, I always am very careful about checking what exactly is in my pockets frequently. Even small weight differences will set off internal alarms when items which ought to be in the pockets are not there. I suppose I'm just OCD about it, but I will not leave a location without double checking that all items on my person are where they belong.

Re:Lost? You keep using that word. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181488)

You're not the only one. I frequently get a mental alarm that I may have left my phone at work when I notice that it isn't weighing down my left pocket as much as normal. This is despite the fact that it is right next to me playing music in my car, or my friend is playing tower defense on it or something.

Re:Lost? You keep using that word. (5, Funny)

dintech (998802) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181434)

ZOMG! There's no way I would buy this phone considering how easy it is to lose. They really need to work on that. /joke

Re:Lost? You keep using that word. (1)

oji-sama (1151023) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181452)

- An inside job, or some otherwise corporate espionage thing. I don't see what they would gain here other than seeing what Apple's internals look like a few weeks early, which wouldn't help them rush a product to market ahead of Apple.

I would think that corporate espionage people would not rely on random websites on opening and distributing pictures about the internals

Re:Lost? You keep using that word. (2, Insightful)

C0vardeAn0nim0 (232451) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181550)

- An inside job, or some otherwise corporate espionage thing. I don't see what they would gain here other than seeing what Apple's internals look like a few weeks early, which wouldn't help them rush a product to market ahead of Apple.

if it was corporate espionage, it'd be locked in a lab somewhere, being dissected by an electron microscope, not on a vietnamese blog.

Re:Lost? You keep using that word. (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181592)

- Some other sort of coordinated effort with geeks trying to find out which Apple employee might have the phone. Find out where the phones are developed, determine which employees work in fields with access to the iPhones, chat up those 1-2 dozen employees until you find one with the phone.

Lesson learned: never bring a hot iPhone to a sex-date.

They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181168)

What ever happened to finders keepers??

If Apple is gonna keep losing their 4G iPhones, I seriously think law enforcement needs to stop helping them. Apple is careless and that's the price they pay.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181194)

What ever happened to finders keepers??

If Apple is gonna keep losing their 4G iPhones, I seriously think law enforcement needs to stop helping them. Apple is careless and that's the price they pay.

Finding something that isn't yours is the same as stealing. Proper protocol in such matters is to turn the something in to the local authorities and wait out the claiming period. After such period if the original owner does not file a claim the something is then transferred to your possession.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181242)

What ever happened to finders keepers??

So... you're sincerely wondering what happened to that cherished legal doctrine of "finders, keepers", established so clearly in the watershed cases on the schoolyard during recess when we were eight?

I have some bad news. Also, about what happens to your mother's back when you step on a crack and about cootie shots.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (1)

aesiamun (862627) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181644)

oh shit, thanks! *Circle Circle Dot Dot*

There, I'm protected.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (5, Insightful)

Darth Sdlavrot (1614139) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181248)

What ever happened to finders keepers??

If Apple is gonna keep losing their 4G iPhones, I seriously think law enforcement needs to stop helping them. Apple is careless and that's the price they pay.

Kindergarden playground rules don't apply in the Real World. IANAL, but I do know that from a legal standpoint I can "store" my property anywhere I want and it doesn't cease being mine just because you can pick it up and carry it off.

Oh look, I found your Porsche parked on the street. I'll just take it home with me. Finders keepers. I don't think so.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (0)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181378)

Oh look, I found your Porsche parked on the street. I'll just take it home with me. Finders keepers. I don't think so.

No, but park it in my parking space, don't remove it after I have you served with a notice to either do so or that I will go to court and get title of it, and guess what - I *can* go to court and get title transferred.

And if you park your Porsche on the street without license plates, the city will seize it. If you never registered or plated it, you'll have fun getting it back.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (5, Informative)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181552)

No, but park it in my parking space, don't remove it after I have you served with a notice to either do so or that I will go to court and get title of it, and guess what - I *can* go to court and get title transferred.

Uhhhh...what?? What law is this? IAAL and I've never heard of this legal maneuver.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (1)

Panaflex (13191) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181658)

Property can be seized during a drug raid... in which case it's likely auctioned. Also, if your car is towed, it can have a lien put on it by the towing/storage company in some jurisdictions. But that would take some time... a long time.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181630)

No, but park it in my parking space, don't remove it after I have you served with a notice to either do so or that I will go to court and get title of it, and guess what - I *can* go to court and get title transferred.

Let me guess. You bought your legal degree online for 5 bucks?

You were done. I've had better legal advice from fortune cookies.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (1)

intheshelter (906917) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181634)

You can get it towed maybe, but you sure as hell can't get the title transferred to you! What kind of crap are you making up

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181694)

Are you sure you're not BadAnalogyGuy under a new nickname?

Yes, what you say is absolutely true. So as soon as we can prove that the people who "lost" their phones broke into the finder's homes and placed them on their kitchen tables, and the finder contacted the police, turned in the phone, waited an appropriate period for it to be declared "abandoned property", and asked the police to give it back, your analogy will be perfectly relevant. Based on the news coverage of the "finds", it sounds more like (at least in the first case) the phone was taken when there was every indication that the rightful owner would be back in a matter of minutes to reclaim it.

Until then, discovering that someone has left something behind on a bar in a public place does not mean it's your property if you find it. That goes double if it's sitting on top of a jacket and the owner has just popped off to the john for a minute. Even salvage law requires proof of abandonment (as in your example above), and with anything of any value (which smartphones certainly are) it requires a process where the original owner is identified and agrees to give up rights to the item, or is unable to be found after a reasonable search and declared "abandoned property" and therefore the property of the person who found it.

The first phone was not "abandoned property". It was either intentionally leaked with a fabricated backstory, or it was stolen.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181716)

No, but park it in my parking space, don't remove it after I have you served with a notice to either do so or that I will go to court and get title of it, and guess what - I *can* go to court and get title transferred.

Uh, "your parking space"? What does that mean? You mean, in your driveway? I don't know what your state is like, but in California it takes two years to acquire a car that was abandoned on your property, then you can execute a lien sale. You can attempt to recover storage costs in civil court.

And if you park your Porsche on the street without license plates, the city will seize it. If you never registered or plated it, you'll have fun getting it back.

Well, again in California, you can't buy a car without titling it. You can get it psuedo-registered as an off-road-only vehicle, which AFAIK is a single-event, lifetime thing. Nobody has to pay any more fees until it's transferred or registered for street use. And you can't own a car without titling it, either. In California, failure to register is just a fine. They'll take your car for unpaid fines, maybe, but first they'll issue a warrant and drag you into court for FTP ("failure to pay"). But you don't own a vehicle unless you title it. And of course, you're not permitted to park an off-road vehicle on the road, because that puts the lie to it being an off-road vehicle. Meanwhile, you can have a car with no plates, but with a temporary registration, for example while customized plates arrive.

Or in short, don't try to make car analogies, you are bad at it.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (2, Informative)

bytethese (1372715) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181442)

Actually, not true.

IANAL either, but have you ever heard of abandonment doctrine [associatedcontent.com] ? For example, police cannot go through your trash (in the US) if it's on your property, but when you put it out to be collected, it's on public property (sidewalk) and is considered abandoned. So you can't just store any old property anywhere you wish. Cars? That's another story, I'm referring more to small personal possessions.

Similarly this could apply to things you leave about, however, ethics dictate that a person reasonably try to contact the original owner of such property (I would and have) to return said item. If owner not found nor seeking their property to be returned, enjoy the item.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181270)

What ever happened to finders keepers??

If we went that route, it would also be losers weepers...and you don't want Steve crying. It would likely be a substance similar to the acid blood inside a Xenomorph [wikipedia.org] .

We don't need that kind of bullhonkity.

Re:They need to stop arresting the FINDERS (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181474)

I "found" your wallet. It happened to be in your pocket, at the time, but I "found" it. So I'll keep it. Thanks.

Oh. You actually think these phones are being lost and then found? Interesting.

Uh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181224)

OK, so there's this guy speaking in tongues whipping around and tapping on a plastic iPhone-looking device with a sticker of a red fireball on it.

You'd think if it were real he'd try to boot it up and show us the OS, or is this some kind of alien foreplay?

Re:Uh (2, Insightful)

netsavior (627338) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181276)

Asshat racism of the parent aside, with a CNC machine and an existing iPhone, you could make a fake pretty easily.

Re:Uh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181286)

Nig.

Finders, keepers (1)

ikefox (1566973) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181226)

When this happened the first time around, I briefly questioned whether or not it might be a publicity leak. Now I have confirmation that Apple is just as good at holding on to their trade secrets as I was at keeping up with my homework in the 4th grade. Also, why can't I ever find a prototype of some highly-anticipated tech candy left unattended in a bar somewhere?

Re:Finders, keepers (1)

Darth Sdlavrot (1614139) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181354)

Also, why can't I ever find a prototype of some highly-anticipated tech candy left unattended in a bar somewhere?

Probably for the same reason I can't pick the stocks that are going to zoom from $80 to $250 in six months.

lessons from the past (4, Insightful)

kylant (527449) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181250)

The iPhone-liberators have certainly learnt from the past:
Instead of exposing themselves to corporate controlled police action again they decided to export the phone to a free country before publishing their victory.

Wait, there is something seriously wrong about this...

Re:lessons from the past (1)

Kazymyr (190114) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181370)

I know. It's kinda scary isn't it?

First time... (2, Funny)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181296)

shame on Gray .... Second time, Shame on Apple...

Isn't there an app for that situation? (2, Funny)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181298)

Like one that yells "Hey, don't leave me!" every two minutes.

So what? (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181302)

Every Apple product since the 1st gen iPod has been leaked. Why is this being reported?

By the way, The Reg reports that it runs on the same A4 1GHz processor as the iPad does. They have pictures, too.

Re:So what? (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181334)

Because Slashdot is in love with Apple. In fact, if I were feeling particularly cynical and suspicious, I'd wonder who that "anonymous reader" is, and if in fact the notes had pictures of dead presidents on them...

Great (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181306)

Well, looks like our boys are going back to Vietnam.

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181386)

Is Robin Williams available right now?

Re:Great (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181460)

Unfortunately for the troops, yes.

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181472)

Robin Williams? How about a real comedian [wikia.com] ?

Re:Great (3, Funny)

dintech (998802) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181444)

...and if you want to invade there's an app for that.

Is Apple a little worried? (1)

jacks smirking reven (909048) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181330)

I know it's a stretch, but does anyone else think these are, if not leaked by Apple directly, overlooked by the people who are there to keep things under wraps. It's far fetched but I think it could be related to that this new iPhone, while very nice, isn't all that "special" like iPhones were 3 or so years ago. Spec-wise it's pretty much on par with existing Android sets out in the field, without even thinking about the ones down the line.

Not that it isn't going to sell a billion of them simply because they're iPhones, but the wow factor seems to have faded.

Please stop the apple spam (3, Insightful)

noonc (1458131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181344)

I personally can't stand it anymore, I wish people would just stop reporting such thing when it's obviously going to benefit their guerilla marketing strategy. Then again, do whatever you want. I'll try to find a way to get rid of the Apple category in my browser on here for good... G5 and that was the end.

Will the next blog buyer be smarter (1)

syntap (242090) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181346)

and do a full technical bust-open of the unit before FedExing back to Apple to show they returned it in a reasonable time?

Lost your phone? (5, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181366)

Lost your phone? We've got an app for that .... wait damn it's in flash.

Apple Security... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181376)

Looks like the Apple Corporation security and anti industrial-espionage was modeled by the UI designers of MacOS-X: sleek, polished but without meaningful features like "carry this prototype only inside the Apple Corp. restricted area". Probably to keep it minimal they haven't even put a "do not ever lose this prototype or you'll be fired" line on their internal legal waivers.

small correction (1)

Ian-K (154151) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181440)

Wonder when the swat team will get called in.

Oh ... (1)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181458)

Nice!
A 4000$ paper weight.

With apologies to Mr. Wilde ... (2, Funny)

slashsloth (1596555) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181470)

To lose one 4G iPhone, Mr. Jobs, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness.

Interactive teardown on YouTube (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181484)

When does Gizmodo guy get his computers back? (2, Insightful)

tekrat (242117) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181548)

And a full apology from the Storm Troopers?

At this point, it's pretty clear that NOTHING WAS STOLEN, clearly, Apple is intentionally "losing" these phones to continue to generate buzz. So unless Jason Chen was part of the viral marketing campaign (if so, I hope he's being paid real well to have his door kicked in), I think the California Police Department of Overreaction owes this guy some crow-eating.

Apple is the guilty party, and you can't be in possetion of stolen property if it was intentionally "lost" by the rightful owner. That's called a "free sample". And if the Police State we live in can't tell the difference anymore, then companies shouldn't be allowed to viral market.

Fake screen? (2, Interesting)

marciot (598356) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181566)

Why does this phone appear to have a fake, non-functional screen? Looks like one of those cardboard computers you see in furniture stores.

Is this some kind of half assed viral marketing? (2, Insightful)

Liambp (1565081) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181596)

I doubt it myself but it is generating quite a bit of interweb buzz around the new phone.

I think it is an appropriate time to misquote Oscar Wilde:
"To lose one phone, Mr. Jobs, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness."

Time for a conspiracy theory! (4, Interesting)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181602)

The last one happened right in time for the release of the HTC Incredible -- I wonder if this "leak" has anything to do with yesterday's story about Android sales overtaking the iPhone [gizmodo.com] ...

hmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181632)

this is not too long after it was announced that android OS phones was out selling the iphone.... just sayin'

You've ruined it! (1)

slashworkninja (959986) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181652)

As Steve said, "If you've lost two prototypes, you've ruined it!" Heh! Apple needs to have somebody strip search all employees when they leave the premises. I recommend Steve.

Of course it is a pure coincidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32181672)

Of course it is a pure coincidence that the news appears one day after the announcement that android headset sales beat iPhone in first quarter of the year...

iPhone or iPhone mockup (1)

joeyblades (785896) | more than 4 years ago | (#32181730)

What's the deal with this phone. It sort of looked like it was powered up but it didn't act like it. I mean, if this were a real iPhone wouldn't we expect to see some GUI action or something more happening on the display? Looks more like a mockup to me...
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