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Zirana.com published a weekly crime summary of Cupertino, CA for late December which reveals that a prototype Apple laptop was stolen from Apple campus:
Trade Secret Theft/Possession of Stolen Property - Infinite Loop
Between 1/1 and 12/18, unknown suspect(s) took a prototype laptop worth about $100,000 from Apple Computers on Infinite Loop using an unknown method. The suspect(s) sold it to another suspect. Deputies recovered the laptop from the second suspect and he was released pending further investigation.
The laptop is said to be worth about $100,000 but has since been recovered according to the brief report. Zirana is a startup company which provides local news and information for various cities including Cupertino. The source and validity of the report, however, is unclear as the site encourages user generated submissions to the site.

Article Link: Prototype Laptop Stolen from Apple in December?
 

Theclamshell

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I would like to see a $100,000 laptop an apple prototype one would make it even better

Stupid thief dident even take pics :mad:
 

Porco

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The laptop is said to be worth about $100,000

...and sports a 5GHz 32-core CPU, 128GB of RAM, an 8TB SSD and 17 inch 4k OLED screen, all encased in a hardened white gold case.
 
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robfromabove

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... and if Steve has his way, the person in question will spend the next 15 years incarcerated in Gitmo. :p
 

zed2

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Bucks
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7D11 Safari/528.16)

A watched kettle never boils.
 

Kedrik

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$100k

Well,
at least we now know the price of the new tablet. $100,000. Bwahhhaaa haaaa haaa haa ha h...whooo. (Best Dr. Evil impression)
 

difrance001

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The Key word is prototype

The key word here is "PROTOTYPE". Which means, small batch OR one-off. As such, the 100,000 price tag no doubt represents R&D investment as well as the time into it.

Furthermore, anyone who has worked on plastic crappy PC laptops, and a MacBook understands that the price difference is more than just an Apple Tax...the machines are very well built. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!

Why can't PCs get it?
 

pavelbure

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that 100k represents what they would get had they taken pics and sent them in to that bounty website.
 

Trexznl

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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

$100k doesn't really surprise me, the part on how exactly it got stolen does... How in earths name do you manage to steal a top secret prototype from apple hq?
 

J the Ninja

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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

$100k doesn't really surprise me, the part on how exactly it got stolen does... How in earths name do you manage to steal a top secret prototype from apple hq?

Ninjas?
 

sweex

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Oct 27, 2009
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It would have been great if they took pictures, on the other hand now other companies neither can't see what Apple is doing. And 100k doesn't sounds that much for a prototype, it's probably what we will get over year as MacBook...
 

rdowns

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I call bull ****. IMO, this isn't even Page 2 worthy.

What does between 1/1 and 12/18 mean? Since when do we refer to dates like that?

I don't think Apple would never put an arbitrary value on a prototype like that.
 

iSimx

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I've found the photo of the prototype laptop from R&D. Proof, it's even got an apple logo.... :eek:
 

ipoppy

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It dont belive that new prototype can't be stolen from Apple HQ unless you driving a TANK. Plus it was missing for 2 weeks before noticed...loled :D
 
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