No stolen iPhone prototype, say San Francisco cops

“​Yesterday we related an interesting scoop that popped up on CNET: the tech-news site reported that a prototype of Apple’s latest iPhone model had been lost in a San Francisco bar,” Peter Jamison reports for SF Weekly.

“Among other things, CNET reported that San Francisco police investigators, working with Apple personnel, had traced a recently lost iPhone 5 prototype to the home of a man in Bernal Heights, who denied possessing it or having any knowledge of it,” Jamison reports. “The phone was never recovered.”

Jamison reports, “There’s just one problem: SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza says no records exist of any such activity by SFPD inspectors.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “matt” for the heads up.]

Related article:
Apple loses another unreleased iPhone in a bar – August 31, 2011


    1. This is the sort of brain-dead conspiracy-theory-ism which takes root when a culture becomes deeply immersed in cynicism.

      And guess what – if we cynically expect the worst from our government and businesses, we’re telling them we don’t really expect them to do any better. And many of them will be only too happy to comply with those expectations.

      However, if enough of us truly and honestly expect better from them, then they’ll have to change. Cynicism only perpetuates the problem – it never, ever solves it.

      So if you truly want to help make some positive change in this world, don’t give in to cynicism, as tempting as it can be. If nothing else, it’ll keep you from falling prey to crackpot conspiracy theories like this.

  1. iQuit, it may have just been another attempt to drag Apple’s stock down. Apple may have had no part in this FUD.

    Apple gains nothing by getting people to hold off on buying iPhones in hopes that the next one is only a few weeks away.

    SEC use to prosecute people and groups falsifying facts to manipulate stock values.

    1. iQuit didn’t say it was a publicity stunt by Apple. Maybe it was done by CNet or someone who reported something to them.

      This is not the type of publicity Apple does.

      1. Here ya go, hot off the press.

        “High levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a one-third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease, finds a study published Monday on”

        And don’t work too hard either:

    1. That actually makes sense.

      Cava 22 has been getting some pretty mediocre reviews. Maybe they wanted to cash in on Apple’s Halo Effect, or since it’s a Mexican restaurant, Hola Effect.

  2. Journalism s dead. There is no time to check anything. Publish, blog any rumor speculation, hoax. So what if it was all false, we got the hits, people are stupid and forget fast.

    1. EXACTLY Ubermac.

      That CBS/CNET got scammed and didn’t BOTHER to verify the facts, says it all.

      And no fracking wonder deceitful propaganda rules US politics. What is ACTUALLY true?

      1. Not so fast here. Mobile Beat is saying that 6 people saying they were SFPD came and searched the follows house. One gave him a number to call. Mobile Beat called the number and it was an Apple employee, a former San Jose police officer. So it is looking like Apple may have impersonated police officers. That is a lot bigger deal and CNET getting it wrong. CNET seems to have had most of the facts correct. of to Mobile and you can read it yourself. This ls looking to be terrible PR for Apple.

        1. And you believed that also…..

          It’s a click bait, unconfirmed story, and now they “cnet” and others involved are trying hard to cover their asses,.

          For more then 10′ years of Being active on the Internet and open networks I have never believed any story the first time without investigating the facts myself, today to many lazy people will think what they read as truth the first time, they have shown the intelligence of the average Internet reader and users as way bellow average on understanding lies form truth.

          And really with c/nets track record on hating Apple, they are not trustworthy or a trusted source for information.

          People need to stop thinking everything theynread as truth, they need to put common sence & intelligent thinking intomplay before jumping to a conclusion.

          But then again the average reader has no time to search for facts and if they hate a company or product blindly they are mor likley to support untruthfull information without trying to find further evidence.

          Why people don’t see this as a pattern is beyond me.

        2. I read the story, and this whole thing feels reeeeeeeeally fishy to me.

          First, the idea that Apple would lose *another* iPhone prototype in a bar seems like someone’s lazy idea of a made-up story. Its sole purpose seems to be to tie into everyone’s knowledge of the lost iPhone 4 prototype story.

          Next, the whole story of the way the six people accosted this person feels really weird. Apple would obviously know it’s illegal to impersonate the police, so to propose that an Apple employee knowingly did so and provided his own phone number to them in the process seems extremely cartoonish. It’s as if they *wanted* a smoking gun pointing directly back to Apple.

          So, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that there’s some really odd frame-up going on here. There’s still no solid evidence that any iPhone 5 prototype has gone missing at all. (If there was, you’d think by now it would have found its way into the salivating tech press’s grubby little hands *cough*Gizmodo*cough*.)

          It’s entirely possible I could be wrong, and some Apple employees did indeed take the law into their own hands here. But I highly doubt it – if Apple *had* really done this, you’d think they’d have covered their tracks a lot better. As it stands, this feels more like a fleshed out version of some rabid anti-Apple person’s fantasy of how “evil” Apple is.

      2. SF Weekly isn’t doing so hot either. “The phone was answered by Anthony Colon, who confirmed to us he is an employee of Apple but declined to comment further. According to a public profile on the website LinkedIn, Colon, a former San Jose Police sergeant, is employed as a “senior investigator” at Apple.”

        Apple hasn’t confirmed his employment status. Of course, if the story is true that may be in a state of flux.

  3. This is what the media has devolved to…It’s not that newspapers and television were so great…but they were a damn site better than this…now it’s all single source or hearsay and we all spring on it like we’re bums and it’s a ham sandwich. jeez…wise up.

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