Apple Loses Another iPhone Prototype at a Bar

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An Apple employee has lost a prototype iPhone at a bar, again. The iPhone was lost in late July at Cava 22, a Mexican restaurant and bar in San Francisco's Mission District, according to CNET:

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. Still unclear are details about the device, what version of the iOS operating system it was running, and what it looks like.

Apple tracked the iPhone to a home in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood. San Francisco police and Apple investigators reportedly spoke to a man in his twenties about the device, but he denied knowing about the lost phone. After a search, they found nothing. There is no word if Apple ever got the phone back. A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department told CNET that Apple did not file a police report about the missing phone.

Readers will remember that last year Apple lost an early prototype of the iPhone 4 at a bar in Redwood City near the company's headquarters. That device was picked up by another customer and sold to tech site Gizmodo. That sequence of events triggered a criminal investigation which ended just this month.

A late-July iPhone in field testing would presumably have been the upcoming iPhone 5 or perhaps the low-cost iPhone 4.

(Image of Cava 22 courtesy James Martin/CNET)

Update: Some doubts have been raised about this story.

Top Rated Comments

Macopotamus Avatar
134 months ago
And did we mention Cava 22? They have a great shrimp ceviche! They're located in the Mission! Here's a pic of their address, Cava 22, great tequila! Oh there's an iPhone in here somewhere too, but remember that Cava 22 is on the corner of 22nd! Cava 22, and uh... a lost iPhone!
Score: 57 Votes (Like | Disagree)
magiic Avatar
134 months ago
Apple should hire me. I go to bars all the time and I've never lost my iPhone lol
Score: 50 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Macopotamus Avatar
134 months ago
CNets article reads like a paid endorsement by Cava 22 more than a story about an iPhone.

Very suspicious, zero evidence, lots of talk about "lime marinaded shrimp ceviche" suuuuuuuure...
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
clcmae Avatar
134 months ago
Red October

Makes me think of the Hunt for the Red October when the Russian diplomat goes to visit his American counterpart.

"You lost another one????"
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NeonGreenHermit Avatar
134 months ago
"Holy sh**, it the Apple Cops. Honey, go flush it QUICK!"



The geek version of a drugs bust.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ViPhone Avatar
134 months ago
New Corporate policy: No bar visits for employees.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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