Apple Lost An iPhone 5 Prototype In A San Francisco Tequila Lounge In July

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Oh man, not again. In July, Apple lost yet another iPhone prototype in a San Francisco bar… this time, a testing prototype of the iPhone 5.

In an event that mirrored closely the time last year when an Apple employee lost an early iPhone 4 prototype at a popular San Francisco bar, which was then sold to Gizmodo, the latest lost iPhone 5 was dropped at a tequila lounge called Cava 22 in San Francisco’s Mission District.

CNET reports:

A day or two after the phone was lost at San Francisco’s Cava 22, which describes itself as a “tequila lounge” that also serves lime-marinated shrimp ceviche, Apple representatives contacted San Francisco police, saying the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return, the source said. Still unclear are details about the device, what version of the iOS operating system it was running, and what it looks like.

Apple electronically traced the phone to a two-floor, single-family home in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, according to the source.

When San Francisco police and Apple’s investigators visited the house, they spoke with a man in his twenties who acknowledged being at Cava 22 on the night the device went missing. But he denied knowing anything about the phone. The man gave police permission to search the house, and they found nothing, the source said.

It’s unknown if Apple ever got the iPhone back, but jeez. How does this happen twice in a row? Maybe Apple better send out an email to its boozier employees: if you’re going to go out drinking, leave your priceless iPhone test prototype at home.