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Apple's iPhone 4G Debacle: A Timeline
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 18:25

From PC World

Apple's iPhone 4G Debacle: A Timeline Gizmodo paid $5K for this next-gen iPhoneThe tech world is reeling from revelations gadget blog Gizmodo obtained an early Apple test unit of what may be the next-generation iPhone . It's not clear if the leaked iPhone is truly the iPhone 4G expected to launch later this year or a prototype still in development. Nevertheless, how could this happen to Apple? - a company known to keep secrets better than CIA, in some cases.

How could this have happened?

It's been a dramatic few days as the story has unfolded, but now a clear picture has emerged showing how the device was lost, who lost it, and how Gizmodo obtained it. So here's a look back at what happened, and how Apple, a company notorious for its secrecy , lost a test unit of the so-called iPhone 4G.

March 18, 2010: Apple engineer Gray Powell makes a nighttime visit to The Gourment Haus Stadt, a German Specialty Shop and Beer Garden in Redwood City, California, according to Gizmodo . Powell was carrying with him an iPhone prototype--purportedly the next-generation iPhone device--made to look like an iPhone 3GS. At the Haus Stadt, about a 24-minute drive from Apple's headquarters, Powell had a few drinks, updated his Facebook status using the supposed iPhone 4G and left the establishment.

March 18, 2010-March 19, 2010: Unbeknownst to Powell, he left behind his iPhone test unit at the beer garden in Redwood City, where it was eventually picked up by an anonymous stranger. The stranger believed he had found a regular iPhone 3GS, and after playing with it for a while opened the Facebook application that suggested Powell as the owner of the device. The anonymous stranger waited for Powell to return and claim the device, but Powell never returned.   [More...] [Comments...]



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