Apple Employee Loses iPhone 5 Prototype In Bar

An Apple employee has lost a prototype version of the iPhone 5, it has been revealed.

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An Apple employee has lost a prototype version of the iPhone 5, it has been revealed.

The phone went missing after the person paid a visit to a Mexican restaurant, in an eery reconstruction of the fate that also befell an early version of the iPhone 4 one year ago.

CNet reports that the prototype was being tested away from the Apple campus in San Francisco's Mission district, when it was left in a restaurant called Cava22.

The phone was then sold on Craigslist for $200 (123).

Apple declined to comment on the incident.

Despite intense speculation, nobody outside of Apple knows what the new phone looks like, or what iOS operating system it was using.

Apple regularly test their products by allowing staff to use prototypes in urban environments to judge their usability in normal situations.

There is currently no official word on the official release date of the iPhone 5, although speculation suggests it will be announced in October.

Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    CrackTheSkye
    And this has to do with music how? Don't get me wrong I love my iPhone but I could read this news somewhere else. Not what I expect when I come to UG
    livinoffaprayer
    ಠ_ಠ Are you f*cking kidding me? Again? Didn't this already happen with the last iPhone? Either this is a stunt for publicity or Apple's employees are the most incompetent people I've ever seen.
    Holoogamooga
    I agree with the first poster, but that aside... Didn't this happen with the iPhone 4, too?
    xzxw
    this is either a stunt, or Apple has the most incompetent employees ever.
    JAHellraiser
    Is that even a big deal? I doubt the iphone 5 is that different than the iphone 4. now if this was some brand new device i could see how it was a bigger deal
    Amuro Jay
    threedaysgrace9 wrote: Marketing stunt to raise awareness/curiosity about the iPhone 5.
    I'm putting my money on this. Probably so they can get their stocks back up after the decrease that happened when Steve Jobs resigned.
    King Bluesy
    I love how they do the same thing for everyone iphone. Come on get creative if you're going to plant this stuff don't do it the same way every year.
    rockfreak611
    it was obviously planted in the bar - the same exact thing happened with the iphone 4. they're "losing" these on purpose to create hype.
    Metallica1554
    If they know it was sold on craigslist for 123 why don't they just track it down to the seller and eventually the buyer?
    AnnihilationUK
    Holoogamooga wrote: I agree with the first poster, but that aside... Didn't this happen with the iPhone 4, too?
    I was about to raise both of these points.
    dedguy666
    I think it's funny that an Apple employee is going to lose the new iPhone prototype at a bar every year.