Not Again, iPhone 5 Prototype Once Again Lost In San Francisco Bar

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Uh Oh! It seems that yet another Apple engineer forgot his pre-production highly valuable trade secret iPhone 5 at a bar. Yes ladies and gentlemen Apple’s worst nightmare has happened all over again.

Last year an Apple employee also lost his unreleased iPhone 4 at a bar in San Francisco. The iPhone 4 made its way to the popular site Gizmodo and the rest is history. While this supposed iPhone 5 hasn’t shown up on any major sites we’re hoping to catch a glimpse of it before it’s official release.

It is reported that the iPhone 5 was left at a bar specifically the Cava 22, it was then found and sold on Craigslist for a mere 200 dollars. The phone was then gps tracked and pin pointed at a location, the cops were called to a residence yet the search was a dead end. Wait there’s more, before leaving the property it is said that Apple employees even offered the man money to give the device back yet the resident owner denied any knowledge of the product.

While a complete embarrassment this must be for Apple, the next generation iPhone release is right around the corner so they’re lucky nothing was reported about this situation until now.

Cnet Reports:

A day or two after the phone was lost at San Francisco’s Cava 22, which describes itself as a “tequila lounge” that also serves lime-marinated shrimp ceviche, Apple representatives contacted San Francisco police, saying the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return, the source said.

Apple electronically traced the phone to a two-floor, single-family home in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, according to the source.

When San Francisco police and Apple’s investigators visited the house, they spoke with a man in his twenties who acknowledged being at Cava 22 on the night the device went missing. But he denied knowing anything about the phone. The man gave police permission to search the house, and they found nothing, the source said. Before leaving the house, the Apple employees offered the man money for the phone no questions asked, the source said, adding that the man continued to deny he had knowledge of the phone.

In an interview this afternoon, Jose Valle told CNET that neither the police nor Apple security ever contacted him. Valle, who owns the bar with his family, said however does he remember a man calling multiple times about a lost iPhone about a month ago. He told the man he would call him back if he ever found the phone.

“I guess I have to make my drinks a little less strong,” Valle said.

After last year’s embarrassing loss, Apple reportedly has taken extraordinary steps to protect its prototype devices from leaks. Next-generation iPhones are sent to carriers for testing “inside locked and sealed boxes so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs,”

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