Apple Loses Another iPhone Prototype in Bar

September 2, 2011

Blame it on the juice. Another Apple employee appears to have left an unreleased iPhone prototype at a bar, sparking a massive internal investigation. The alleged incident occurred in Cava 22, a "tequila bar" in San Francisco. 

The incident sounds eerily similar to what happened last year. Back in March 2010, Apple engineer Gray Powell left an iPhone 4 at The Gourmet Haus Stadt in Redwood City, California. The person who found the phone allegedly sold it to technology site Gizmodo for $5,000. Gizmodo then published pictures of the device. Misdemeanor theft charges were filed against the two men who allegedly sold the phone.

This time, the phone seems to have taken a less adventurous course. Apple investigators tracked the phone to home in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. A search of the home turned up nothing and the homeowner denied knowing the phone's whereabouts. Rumors suggest the phone might have been sold on Craigslist for $200. 

For what it's worth, the owner of Cava 22 seems to be taking the whole thing in stride. "I guess I have to make my drinks a little less strong," owener Jose Valle said.

What do you think of this latest Apple security lapse? 

Image Sources: