Last year, what turned out to be the iPhone 4 was lost by Apple employee Gray Powell at a bar in Redwood City, California. In a series of events following the incident, the then-unreleased iPhone ended up in popular technology blog Gizmodo’s hands for $5000 in cash. Gizmodo subsequently showed off the phone to the world on their website and editor Jason Chen was later raided by police and had the phone seized from his possession. Ironically, and rather embarrassingly for Apple, it seems that yet another unreleased iPhone was found in late July according to a report by CNET. The difference?
This time around, however, it appears that the phone was sold on the online classifieds website Craigslist for a measly $200. Apple electronically tracked the phone to its suspected buyer, a man in San Francisco, but a search by San Francisco police came up with nothing. The man continued to deny any knowledge of the phone when offered a cash reward for its return, with no questions asked, by Apple. No details are known about the phone, including the version of iOS it is running or how it looks. It’s probable that the lost and found iPhone 5 is still out there, so who knows how long it will take to be shown off to the world yet again.
Update: It appears that Apple is frantically searching for this lost prototype iPhone with aid from San Francisco police.