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grant_west 04-21-2010 8:24 AM

Whoops I lost my Prototype I phone
LOL poor guy just think what the next day at work was like for this guy? He is now a star @ Apple. Im sure everyone at Apple know's who he is now. LOL

Knowing first hand how serious Apple is about keeping their secrets, I con only imagine how pissed they are that a employee let the cat out of the bag.

A Apple employee celebrating his 27th birthday left his phone on a bar stool @ a bar in Redwood City. Some one picked it up and sold it to a Tech Website, and they were nice enough to show it to the world.


magic 04-21-2010 10:18 AM

I've been following that too, cost $5000 for Gizmodo to acquire it for review too.

Part of me thinks this might have been a PR ploy by Apple. Now that people know what the basic features of the 4.0 hardware, might make some wait for it that would have switched to a different make. Cost's Apple very little to do this and they get tons of press. Kinda like a Celebrity sex tape coming out to rekindle public interest without the PR costs.

zo1 04-21-2010 10:23 AM

^^ The key is... Where is this guy that lost it? Apple has canned people over A LOT less in terms of info leaks. If this guy shows up as fired, maybe not. If we never hear from him, it is all PR IMO.

BTW, I dig the new look WAY better than the 2nd and 3rd gen iPhones...

sinkoumn 04-21-2010 10:51 AM

So much of this whole soap opera just screams WWF wrestling...

mc_x15 04-21-2010 11:30 AM

From what ive read it seems Apple might be punking Gizmodo. Maybe not though. I feel like they would be more careful witht the next iPhone than that. We will have to wait and see I guess

WakeboardNJ 04-21-2010 11:36 AM

The phone was a plant to generate PR for the next Gen iPhone.

wakeboardingdad 04-21-2010 12:04 PM


Marketing had spent tons on the I-Pad and needed to trim some fat.

Free press. A marketing genius.

grant_west 04-21-2010 12:57 PM

Marketing ploy? LOL

That would be funny if they were Punking Gizmondo. If that were the case I would think they could or would make a much better prank phone then what you saw. I would make it crazy with a bunch of crap on it like a swiss army knife, LOL imagine all the apple freak's that would go crazy, Yea now that would be a media frenzy. To me it looks to much like a real phone. But what do I know?

bmcgee 04-21-2010 2:28 PM

Yeah, Im starting to think this was all one big marketing scheme for Apple. Like Sean said, its a cheap way for apple to give us an idea on what we can expect on the 4g and to keep their name in the news.

Besides, the guy who found the phone in the first place had it for a couple of weeks before he sold it to gizmodo. I would think that with all the technology Apple puts into the phone, they would be able to pin point exactly where the phone was located as soon as they found out it had been misplaced. It just sounds fishy to me. If it really is true, then Apple really dropped the ball on this one.

mattgettel 04-21-2010 2:41 PM

That review was worth about 5 bucks. I think the guy said "Well its black and silver, and it looks like a phone, and i think it has a camera on the front, and lets look at it on this desk for several minutes". neat.

ritchieps190 04-21-2010 2:51 PM

"cheap way for apple to give us an idea on what we can expect on the 4g and to keep their name in the news"

A leaked slide from a power point presentation is a cheap way for apple to give us an idea too...

I'm pretty sure Apple's name is in the news on a regular basis.

In case you guys didn't follow their quarterly earnings reports they are doing just fine with their marketing campaigns etc. It makes no sense whatsoever for them to let the phone out as a marketing ploy...

bmcgee 04-21-2010 7:56 PM

I didn't really mean for that to sound like I was calling Apple's marketing department cheap, nor was I trying to suggest that Apple is struggling in any way. I guess i should re-phrase myself then. So, just assuming that it actually is a set up, I think it's a pretty creative way to generate a buzz about the next generation of iPhone and keep people that might of been contemplating switching carriers or phones to hold-off until they can try out the new phone themselves.

Either way, I really dont care what the deal is. I have a 3g myself, I support Apple, and I'll probably pick up the 4g once it's released.

stephan 04-22-2010 10:08 AM

From a reliable source, this is legit.

Brett, the guy had it for a couple of weeks but only was able to tinker with it for a few hours. All employees have MobileMe which allows them to remotely wipe the phone. I'm not surprised an employee left it at a bar, those cats like to party.

bflat53212 04-22-2010 1:00 PM

lol...."no more roundedness". lo...."The rest is pretty much an iPhone". Obiviously not a Tech review guy.

buffalow 04-23-2010 8:47 AM

Let's face it, when it comes to marketing, what company has done a better job than Apple in the last 10 years. Pure genius. This screams of our employees are real people too and make mistakes, oops. We are not the big anti-flash nasty cooperation people are making us out to be. 'sall good for me as their stocks continue to grow:). I love using my Ipad to check their stock :)

zo1 04-23-2010 8:57 AM


We are not the big anti-flash nasty cooperation people are making us out to be.
Really? http://www.fiercecio.com/techwatch/s...orm/2010-04-23

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