A year ago, an iPhone 4 prototype was lost in a bar in Redwood City, Calif. and subsequently wound up in the hands of tech blog Gizmodo, which paid $5,000 for the device. Two men have been charged with misappropriation of lost property and possession of stolen property, but Gizmodo escaped any legal action.
This time around, the smartphone in question is reportedly the next-generation iPhone 5 and the bar where it went missing is in San Francisco, a Mission District watering hole called Cava 22.
Given the similarity to the earlier case of the missing iPhone, it's natural that some people wonder whether all of this is a publicity stunt intended to drum up publicity for its next big product release. Maybe, but you'd have to wonder why Apple would go through all the trouble—the company gets plenty of media attention without such theoretical shenanigans. In fact, it's the envy of the tech world in that regard.
As with the earlier missing prototype, the tale of the missing iPhone 5 has plenty of drama and has gone through several twists and turns since first coming to our attention, courtesy of CNET.
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