Apple pressured police for Gizmodo-iPhone search

Apple pressured police for Gizmodo-iPhone search

Summary: Apple told local police that its missing iPhone prototype was so valuable a price could not be placed on it, according to court documents made public Friday.

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Update: 12:34 pm PDT: Apple pressed local police to investigate the loss of a next-generation iPhone a day after Gizmodo published photographs, telling investigators that prototype was so valuable a price could not be placed on it, according to court documents made public Friday.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs personally contacted Gizmodo editor Brian Lam to request the prototype's return the day the story was published on April 19, but Lam refused to do so unless the company provided "confirmation that it is real, from Apple, officially," according to an e-mail message that was also made public.

In a surprise decision, a judge in San Mateo County, Calif., on Friday ordered the unsealing of records involving the criminal investigation into what may have been a prototype iPhone purchased by a gadget blog.

For more on this article, read Apple pressed police to investigate iPhone loss on CNET News.

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  • RE: Apple pressured police for Gizmodo-iPhone search

    quote "prototype was so valuable a price could not be placed on it"

    And yet, Apple managed to lose a second prototype, which
    has ended up disassembled in Vietnam!! It does make a
    person wonder about a "plant" for publicity!
    wizard57m-cnet
  • RE: Apple pressured police for Gizmodo-iPhone search

    Right -answering a detective's question about what you think your stolen property is worth is "pressuring" police.

    I'd love to see someone "borrow" your wallet one day, then "give access" to your Social Security number, credit cards, and driver's license to "interested parties" willing to pay cash.

    Then I'd love to see your column accusing yourself of "pressuring" the police about reporting the fact that someone "borrowed" your wallet.

    You sir, are a moral idiot. Or one willing to compromise your morals because you simply hate Apple first, morals second.
    Vitaminpower
  • RE: Apple pressured police for Gizmodo-iPhone search

    I find you headline misleading. I think many or even most people who have followed this story would think "search" refers to the search of Chen's home. Nothing in your article makes that connection.
    jmccargar
  • RE: Apple pressured police for Gizmodo-iPhone search

    CNET's article is called "Apple spurred police in iPhone probe"
    jmccargar