Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:26 PM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Apple Investigators Posed as Police in New Lost iPhone Prototype Search?




Earlier this week, it was revealed that Apple in late July had once again lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, mirroring an event that took place in 2010 ahead of the iPhone 4 launch. According to the report, Apple and San Francisco police tracked the device to a home in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and conducted a search, but were unable to find the device.




That account was quickly called into question yesterday after the San Francisco Police Department reported that it had no records of such an investigation. SF Weekly follows up with a new report today interviewing the man whose home was searched and suggesting that Apple security personnel may have posed as police officers during the search, a criminal offense. Alternatively, police officers may have improperly assisted in the investigation without properly documenting their work.
Quote:
[Sergio] Calderón said that at about 6 p.m. six people -- four men and two women -- wearing badges of some kind showed up at his door. "They said, 'Hey, Sergio, we're from the San Francisco Police Department.'" He said they asked him whether he had been at Cava 22 over the weekend (he had) and told him that they had traced a lost iPhone to his home using GPS.

At no point, he said, did any of the visitors say they were working on behalf of Apple or say they were looking for an iPhone 5 prototype.
Calderón claims that he allowed the investigators to search his home and car and to examine a computer to determine whether the lost iPhone had been synced with it. Coming away from the search empty handed, the investigators reportedly offered Calderón $300 to return the phone and left a phone number for him to contact them if he could offer further information on the device.
Quote:
As the visitors left, one of them -- a man named "Tony" -- gave Calderón his phone number and asked him to call if he had further information about the lost phone. Calderón shared the man's phone number with SF Weekly.

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.
A San Francisco Police Department spokesman has expressed concern about the purported series of events, noting that the department will investigate the incident.

Article Link: Apple Investigators Posed as Police in New Lost iPhone Prototype Search?
MacRumors is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:28 PM   #2
Macopotamus
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
edit: ok never mind I read the report from SFWeekly and something is clearly going on

Last edited by Macopotamus; Sep 2, 2011 at 01:52 PM.
Macopotamus is offline   -12 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:30 PM   #3
AAPLaday
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manchester UK
This is getting crazy! Anthony Colon has removed his Linkedin Profile!
AAPLaday is offline   13 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:30 PM   #4
arn
macrumors god
 
arn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Send a message via AIM to arn
Quote:
Originally Posted by Macopotamus View Post
What's more likely is that CNET ran with some fictitious story without corroborating any evidence because they knew it would get attention, and ran a massively successful campaign to advertise for Cava 22 the ceviche bar. Maybe the writers of Cnets article are friends or were paid by Cava 22? Remember, they have lime flavored shrimp ceviche!
I think you need to read the story before knee-jerk continuing this meme.

arn
arn is offline   15 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:30 PM   #5
chrmjenkins
macrumors 603
 
chrmjenkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: CA
The plot thickens.



My theory is: we find the iPhone, we find Jimmy Hoffa's body.
__________________
Read my Apple A8, iPhone 6 preview and prediction thread here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1770411
Twitter: @anexanhume
chrmjenkins is offline   35 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:31 PM   #6
Macopotamus
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by arn View Post
I think you need to read the story before knee-jerk continuing this meme.

arn
but have you tried their tequila flavored shrimp ceviche??
Macopotamus is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:32 PM   #7
arn
macrumors god
 
arn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Send a message via AIM to arn
Anthony Colon's deleted linked in profile

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anthony-colon/18/204/b57 (deleted)

screenshot from google cache:
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Screen Shot 2011-09-02 at 2.31.41 PM.png
Views:	15619
Size:	91.9 KB
ID:	301326  

Last edited by arn; Sep 2, 2011 at 01:38 PM.
arn is offline   14 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:32 PM   #8
soco
macrumors Demi-God
 
soco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: NJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrmjenkins View Post
The plot thickens.

<picture of some creep watching child porn>

My theory is: we find the iPhone, we find Jimmy Hoffa's body.
Such an odd GIF.

This whole situation could get more interesting than last year's...
__________________
TMobile iPhone 5s • MacBook Pro (2011)
Canon EOS Rebel T3 • Canon 28mm f/1.8
Contribute to MacRumors: Become a Demi-God!
soco is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:33 PM   #9
Chumburro2U
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: I Love L.A.
The muck is deep.

I'm going to email Steve and get to the bottom of this! Will report back after I get in touch with Steve.
Chumburro2U is offline   -23 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:34 PM   #10
MBHockey
macrumors 68040
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: New York
Wow, this is getting serious. Loving this coverage, MR
MBHockey is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:34 PM   #11
Mudcrutch
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
They were probably government, just not OUR government.



/Sneakers
Mudcrutch is offline   8 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:36 PM   #12
DrJohnnyN
macrumors 6502a
 
DrJohnnyN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Good stuff!
__________________
"In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men." -Cicero
DrJohnnyN is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:36 PM   #13
Popeye206
macrumors 68030
 
Popeye206's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: NE PA USA
THis is really sounding outlandish. Either a). whoever runs Apple security is a numbskull, or b). this story is false.

Seems very unlikely a company security department would go out on a which hunt for a prototype. Why would they not contact police first? Makes no sense and when things don't make sense, they usually are not true.
Popeye206 is offline   -2 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:36 PM   #14
Macopotamus
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by arn View Post
Anthony Colon's deleted linked in profile

OK now THIS is getting interesting, but I do have a very hard time believing that Apple lost yet another iPhone prototype in another bar
Macopotamus is offline   -1 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:37 PM   #15
chainprayer
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Send a message via AIM to chainprayer
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

Sir, I'm going to need to see some ID...

... No, not your license. Your Apple ID.
__________________
ViralPixel.net
chainprayer is offline   36 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:37 PM   #16
Bchagey
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_10 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8E600 Safari/6533.18.5)

This is getting good.
Bchagey is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:37 PM   #17
arn
macrumors god
 
arn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Send a message via AIM to arn
Quote:
Originally Posted by Popeye206 View Post
THis is really sounding outlandish. Either a). whoever runs Apple security is a numbskull, or b). this story is false.

Seems very unlikely a company security department would go out on a which hunt for a prototype. Why would they not contact police first? Makes no sense and when things don't make sense, they usually are not true.
Why would Apple, the most secretive company in the world, not contact the police who would make a police report?

hmm...

arn
arn is offline   15 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:38 PM   #18
iVoid
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chumburro2U View Post
I'm going to email Steve and get to the bottom of this! Will report back after I get in touch with Steve.
Steve who?

You have to email Tim now.
iVoid is offline   19 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:38 PM   #19
bb426
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: California
He's probably the one who lost it, if it was indeed a lost prototype, and came back searching for it in hopes to save his a*s. If they really did pose as the police, they're in for it.

I feel bad for him either way, but we need to learn some responsibility here. Why the bars though?

And how stupid is this guy? At least use a spoofed number or even a frekin Textfree number and don't give him your real name. Jeez.
__________________
15" MBP 2011, 2.0 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256 GB Samsung 840 SSD, 120 GB HyperX Kingston SSD; 5S, TV
"Check yourself. Before you wreck yourself."
bb426 is offline   8 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:39 PM   #20
chrmjenkins
macrumors 603
 
chrmjenkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by arn View Post
Why would Apple, the most secretive company in the world, not contact the police who would make a police report?

hmm...

arn
Only one possibility: Apple is the zodiac killer.
__________________
Read my Apple A8, iPhone 6 preview and prediction thread here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1770411
Twitter: @anexanhume
chrmjenkins is offline   19 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:39 PM   #21
soco
macrumors Demi-God
 
soco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: NJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by Macopotamus View Post
OK now THIS is getting interesting, but I do have a very hard time believing that Apple lost yet another iPhone prototype in another bar
Is it really that hard to believe? Their testers are a bunch of young kids, my age, who don't appreciate what's necessary to be responsible with their jobs the way Tim Cook-level guys do. They're just getting into the game. They're still enamoured by the joy of landing a job at Apple and living the life. In their youth, they're going out and spending some I-work-for-Apple-dammit cash on drinking with their buddies. So in a year's time, two of them left their test phones at the bar while doing so.

Also this:

Quote:
Originally Posted by arn View Post
Why would Apple, the most secretive company in the world, not contact the police who would make a police report?

hmm...

arn
It's not that crazy to believe. Especially given the craziness over last year. I wouldn't put it past Apple to try to avoid police involvement this time around as it did them little good last time. Sure, justice was served to a degree, but it was such a headache.
__________________
TMobile iPhone 5s • MacBook Pro (2011)
Canon EOS Rebel T3 • Canon 28mm f/1.8
Contribute to MacRumors: Become a Demi-God!
soco is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:39 PM   #22
hob
macrumors 68020
 
hob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: London, UK
Just your friendly neighbourhood corporate policemen at work...
__________________
see robmac.net for my work
hob is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:39 PM   #23
bottsjw
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by AAPLaday View Post
This is getting crazy! Anthony Colon has removed his Linkedin Profile!
Maybe he's been "taken out"!
bottsjw is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:40 PM   #24
dethmaShine
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Into the lungs of Hell
Quote:
Originally Posted by arn View Post
Anthony Colon's deleted linked in profile

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anthony-colon/18/204/b57 (deleted)

screenshot from google cache:
Arn, sorry for being Naive. But who is Anthony Colon?
__________________
Steve is smiling down from above.
-darkfiber
dethmaShine is offline   -5 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 2, 2011, 01:40 PM   #25
mscriv
macrumors 68040
 
mscriv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dallas, Texas
Luuuuucccyyyy.... you gots some esplainin' to do....???

__________________
I'm a professional therapist. If I deem our forum interaction to be professional in nature then I will bill you. Prompt payment is expected.
mscriv is offline   2 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Apple to allow police to block iPhone video recording? anentropic iPhone 15 Aug 28, 2013 09:27 AM
Apple's Prototype iPhone 5S Based on New A7 Chip MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 175 Aug 15, 2013 06:32 PM
Texas Police Pull Over Three Women And Search Their Vaginas For Marijuana rdowns Politics, Religion, Social Issues 63 Aug 11, 2013 04:32 PM
iPhone GPS let investigators to suspects in killing... lemieuxfan67 iPhone 1 Aug 7, 2013 01:10 PM
Lost my Google Search bar trlyka MacBook Pro 13 Nov 20, 2012 09:49 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:08 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC