San Francisco Police with No Record of Lost iPhone 5 Investigation

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    SFWeekly has cast some serious doubts about the lost iPhone 5 report posted by CNet yesterday. CNet had reported that an Apple employee had lost an iPhone prototype at a San Francisco restaurant and bar in July. Apple and the San Francisco Police reportedly investigated and even tracked down the location to a house which was searched.

    SFWeekly called the San Francisco Police Department and discovered that they had no records of any investigation nor of any visit or search of the house claimed in the original article.
    Furthermore, the officer they spoke to said they had told CNet's reporter the same just weeks ago. Despite this, CNet reports their information came from someone 'familiar with the investigation". CNet has yet to clarify.

    PCMag similarly contacted the San Francisco police who also denied any knowledge of the incident.

    Article Link: San Francisco Police with No Record of Lost iPhone 5 Investigation
  2. macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2011
    ok apple...

    if you would stop losing prototypes, we wouldn't have these stupid fake rumors!
  3. macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2009
  4. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    The whole thing has smelled kind of fishy. You're telling me this thing has been gone for over a month and no has paid to put it on the web?
  5. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Maybe it looks exactly like an iPhone 4 :)
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    Reporting nowadays can be summed up in three words.

    It HELLA sucks.

    What's up CNet?
  7. macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Publicity. For the bar, CNET, Apple. However, what are th chances of history repeating itself?
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2011
    Elaborate hoax to drum up additional publicity? :rolleyes:
  9. Illumination, Sep 1, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2011
    Georgia, USA
    Oh dear. Calling the police about the next iPhone. Talk about a new low. The police have better things to do than answer questions about a cell phone.

    EDIT: -6? I feel so special. I love you all.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    Maybe somebody at CNET is part owner in that bar.
  11. macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Maybe, but their job is to respond to press inquiries like this. Of course this should have been done by CNET and they would never have bothered to publish, but that’s life I suppose (actually they did - oops!). I think we can call the prior study nonsense at this point. It’s highly unlikely to be true. Either the Police is lying or the sole unnamed source is. Given that we have somebody on the record denying the events happened, I question the source even more than before.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2006
    crafty publicity scam to get mentions for the bar.
  13. macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    It’s possible a phone was lost in that bar and that phone is an iPhone. It’s very likely the rest is just a bunch of hooey that was made up afterward since the same thing happened last year. Who knows what this source really knows. I doubt that this source is from Apple though. I’m betting Apple is rather confused right now and is trying to communicate with all of it’s engineers to make sure any prototypes are accounted for - something they aren’t talking about.
  14. macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    As soon as the rumor came out, there were people who got suspicious as the article was so gushing about the menu options at the bar. It sounds like a publicity stunt for the bar and another low point for CNET.
  15. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Have you ever been some place where an even happened that later shows up on the news. I have several times. In each case some reporter shows up, sometimes with a camera crew. Typically that are completely clueless about what is going on and ask a few questions, stay for 15 minutes then leave. later when I see the story they generally have the basic outline of the facts right but all the details wrong and some stuff they must have just made up. The print media is lightly better as they are doing more than a 15 second spot.

    Can't blame them to much as they aren't experts on what they write about and are on short deadline.

    on-line it's FAR worse as reporters mostly "report" on what they read on-line and never bother to fact check so these stories are cut and pasted from each other's web sites like a dog tail-chasing.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2007
  17. macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2005
    Ok, so maybe there was no prototype iPhone lost at Cava 22, but did you know they offer a lime-marinated shrimp ceviche?
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
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    One moron makes up a story and the entire media reports it as fact. Next time confirm with sources, it's called being a journalist.

    I knew it was a bogus story all along. No way someone loses another prototype in a bar, Steve would come out of retirement just to rip the loser a new *****.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2011
    This story sounded way too much like an action movie to be true. With the world's wealthiest corporation dispatching "agents" to recover an unknown product, etc. Just don't think it's true....

    Besides, we would have seen the leaked images of it by now, right?
  20. macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2009
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    Obvious PR for the bar.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
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    The Media and especially web based news has lost it's credibility a long time ago. It's just clicks for ad revenue.

    Have you ever wondered why web sites span a story across five different pages? It's all about the click. Screw the user and their experience.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
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    Thing is, marketers and businesses need to start thinking twice because all this crafty marketing BS has made me dislike businesses. I would rather NOT eat/drink at that bar because now I see them as deceitful and untrustworthy.
  23. macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    That's OK, I still think the whole thing is hillarious.

    Perhaps they were just mocking Apple :)

    You've got to have a sense of humor!
  24. macrumors newbie


    Aug 26, 2010
    London, UK
    Even if this were true, how can a dude lose a one of a kind iPhone 5 prototype in a restaurant? It should be the first thing on his agenda to check for the iPhone when he leaves.
    Saying that I have never managed to lose any of my mobile phones when I'm outside, not to forget my iPhone.
    This is just a publicity stunt or that Apple engineer has go to be really dumb. Which I highly doubt latter!
  25. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2007
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    2nd post. Never Happened.

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