Yesterday was an exciting day for Apple [AAPL] fans, first we had some photos of what Engadget were reporting was the next generation iPhone, the iPhone 4G. Then it turned out that Gizmodo had this iPhone in their possession for over a week.
The photos an video from Gizmodo of the prototype iPhone looked very convincing, and we were pretty sure they were the real deal. If anyone out there doubted their authenticity, it now looks like these were definitely photos of a prototype of the next generation Apple iPhone.
Gizmodo has been contacted by Apple’s legal department who have asked for them to return the phone, and they said the following in their letter.
“It has come to our attention that GIZMODO is currently in possession of a device that belongs to Apple. This letter constitutes a formal request that you return the device to Apple. Please let me know where to pick up the unit.”
The iPhone 4G prototype was lost by Apple Software Engineer, Gray Powell, who apparently left the iPhone in a bar. The person who found the iPhone did try to return it to Apple, but it looks like they didn’t want to know, and probably didn’t realize it was the lost prototype.
Lets hope Apple don’t fire Gray Powell, as this has probably created quite a bit more free press for Apple, and probably a lot more interest in the iPhone 4G. As we don’t know any exact hardware information it hasn’t really effected their usual well timed marketing plan for the iPhone 4G.
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