On Apple’s Lost 4G iPhone
The new case design looks odd at first, but makes sense: the flat metal sides resemble the MacBook Pros and most obviously: the iPad. If the back material improves reception, awesome. Particularly welcome are the front-facing camera and flash for the back camera. The elements I’m not keen on are the volume controls (like the current rocker button) and the removeable battery option, which adds some seams to the case.
The whole lost iPhone loss / Gizmodo buying it situation: Supposedly the iPhone’s owner was revealed by his Facebook page on the phone itself. Seems the finder could have contacted him directly. Instead, the finder began shopping the device around to various gadget blogs for $10,000. And the story about trying to return it to Apple and getting nowhere sounds like total bull. The phone was found in Redwood City; just drive to Apple headquarters and drop it off. I’m curious what will happen to this “as-yet-unamed person” – anonymous for a reason.
That said, Apple being paranoid about leaks, I’m sure they were more or less prepared for this contingency. They remote-wiped the phones software. I wouldn’t be surprised if the hardware itself isn’t the final design, or was intentionally crippled or altered in case of a leak just like this or to trace a leak if it occurred. Particularly telling: Apple hasn’t yet demanded a take-down of any photos. Most likely, this phone is merely one prototype among many.
Stranger theory: this entire situation was an intentional leak to build buzz, or test reaction to this particular case design. Don’t think so – losing phones and hoping harmless people pick them up isn’t Apple’s style at all. To build buzz, they could merely invite Stephen Fry back to the Wonka Factory.
Oh, and of course, Hitler has a few things to say about this.
Update: More info from Gizmodo, weakly trying to explain why the finder didn’t return the phone to Apple. Still no answers why the finder didn’t just drive to Apple headquarters, put the phone in an envelope marked “Steve Jobs” and be done with it.