CNET is reporting today that an Apple employee lost an iPhone prototype in a bar yet again. This time around, it’s the iPhone 5. Apparently, this unreleased Apple product went missing at Cava 22 in San Francisco back in July. The company was aware of the problem at the time and quickly sought its safe return home to Cupertino. They found the iPhone in a single-family home in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. When the police spoke with the man who lived there, he admitted to being at Cava 22 the night the phone went missing, but didn’t know anything about it.
It’s important to take this rumor lightly. In fact, CNET contacted the San Francisco Police Department. A spokesperson responded that “[Apple] did not file a police report based on the loss at the bar”. At this point, we have only have CNET’s word to go by. Does this tale sound familiar to anyone? It should. The story sounds a little too much like the iPhone 4 prototype of yesteryear. The smartphone went missing in a bar, someone found it, Gizmodo paid for it and reported the story. The website received a record amount of pageviews that day. The fact that this missing iPhone 5 prototype has allegedly gone through the same process as the iPhone 4 seems iffy. The location isn’t even something slightly different like a diner. It’s a bar. Again. There are no pictures or videos of the device, either.We’ll have to see if Apple makes a public statement in order to get it back.
Meanwhile, all rumors point to a fifth-generation iPhone being released some time in September or October. According to the numerous “inside sources”, the iPhone 5 (or 4S) will feature a larger display, possibly somewhere around 3.7-inches. It will also have an improved 8MP camera, new design, the dual-core A5 processor of the iPad 2, and might move to a third carrier in the U.S.: Sprint.