Apple Loses iPhone Prototype…Again

After losing an iPhone prototype last year, one might think Apple would be a bit more careful with their unreleased products. However, the Cupertino-based company apparently didn’t learn its lesson. CNET reports that an iPhone prototype has once again gone missing at a California bar. 

The iPhone 5 prototype was allegedly left at Cava 22, a Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. With the help of city police, Apple traced the phone to a home in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, but the resident, a man in his twenties, claimed to know nothing about the missing prototype.  According to CNET’s sources, police searched the home and found nothing. Apple also reportedly offered the homeowner money to return the phone, no questions asked, but the man continued to deny knowledge of the phone.

Last year, an iPhone 4 prototype went missing after an Apple computer engineer left the phone at a German beer garden in Redwood City, CA. The phone ended up in the hands of a Gizmodo blogger, and Apple reclaimed the prototype in April 2010.

Many reporters and industry insiders find it suspicious that Apple has managed to lose two valuable prototypes and suspects the company is doing it on purpose.

Apple has yet to give a release date for the iPhone 5, though rumors suggest it might be launched either in September or October.

Sources: CNET, International Business Times, Photo: Apple

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