An Apple worker is in hot water after an unreleased next generation iPhone was reportedly lost in a bar — for the SECOND time in two years.
The handset — believed to be the eagerly awaited iPhone 5 — was thought to have been 'misplaced' while the employee drank at a tequila bar in San Francisco. It is believed the gadget was then sold on over the internet for just £120.
Apple's security team were called in and traced the hi-tech handset to an apartment where a 22-year-old man was quizzed, according to reports. The man at the address claimed no knowledge of the phone and allowed officers to search the premises. They found nothing and left empty-handed, despite an offer of money from Apple.
No details about the phone are thought to have been revealed in the latest blunder by an Apple worker.
While Apple has not announced any plans to release a new iPhone, there have been numerous unconfirmed reports that the company was planning an October launch date for the iPhone 5.
In April 2010, the gadget blog Gizmodo paid £3000 in cash for a then-unreleased iPhone 4 that a 28-year-old Apple engineer had left in a German beer garden in Redwood City, California.
Two men were charged on misdemeanour theft charges for selling the iPhone 4 to the blog.
The already secretive company reportedly took even more extreme measures to protect itself from information leaks after the 2010 incident, including transporting iPhones in locked and sealed containers.
Apple declined to comment on the latest iPhone scandal. The San Francisco Police Department said the firm had not filed a police report related to the matter.
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