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iPod Minis: Lost iPhone Story Gets Weird & Lots of Post-Labor Day News

By September 8, 2011

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The story of the lost iPhone prototype (presumably an iPhone 5) that I mentioned last week has gotten much, much stranger in the last week.

As you may remember, last week word leaked that another Apple employee left a prototype iPhone in a San Francisco bar and that Apple employees and the SFPD had searched at least one residence in an attempt to retrieve it. That all seems reasonable, yeah? But then this chain of events took place:

It will be interesting to see what comes out of the SFPD investigation and whether Apple has anything else to say about the matter. It's not hard to imagine Apple being particularly vigorous in its search for the missing phone after last year's Gizmodo-led debacle with the iPhone 4. While it's conceivable that vigor to keep the phone from the press could have led Apple staff to overstep their bounds, there's no concrete evidence of that yet. Still, it would be nice to know exactly what happened.

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Once Labor Day passed, the Apple news really started to heat up. I think this is going to be a busy fall. Here are the items that stood out to me:

On the iPhone 5 front:

In legal news:

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