iPhone 5 prototype lost by Apple employee in a San Francisco bar, reports say

By on Sep 1, 2011 in Smartphone, Technology, United States Comments

Updated: September 3, 2011 5:53 p.m.

Read Lost iPhone 5 prototype update: San Francisco police help Apple security in home search, reports say

An iPhone 5 prototype was reportedly left by an Apple employee while enjoying in a bar in Mission district, San Francisco, and is still nowhere to be found.

Cava 22, where the iPhone 5 prototype
was said to have left by an Apple employee

Image Credit: James Martin/CNET.com

According to CNET on Tuesday, August 31, 2011, a source told them that the unreleased iPhone went missing last July and Apple has been doing their best to recover the device.

Apple representatives contacted San Francisco police, saying the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return.” The source was quoted as saying.

As noted in the report, the incident took place at Cava 22, a Mexican restaurant and bar, and may have been sold for $200 at Craigslist, which did not respond to CNet‘s request for comments.

As earlier reported, spreading rumors and speculations revealed that iPhone 5 will be released this October and will be thinner and lighter than iPhone 4, with Apple still not issuing any formal announcement.

Meanwhile, Apple was noted to have been conducting an investigation about the lost iPhone prototype but details remains unclear as to what kind of device and its OS that has been missing.

A San Francisco Police Department spokesman told CNET that Apple did not file a report about the missing iPhone prototype, while Apple has yet to confirm if such incident really happened.

Apparently, a similar incident took place last April 2010 when an Apple engineer named Gray Powell left an iPhone 4 prototype while celebrating his birthday in a bar in Redwood City, California.

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