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2010 iPhone 4G Gizmodo Saga

An incident that occurred in April 2010.

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This is Apple's Next iPhone by Gizmodo

  • Apr 28, 2010
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So, the iPhone 4G leak saga is raging full speed now. Gizmodo.com has its fair share of publicity much to the chagrin of Steve Jobs. Life is full of ups and downs, isn’t it? If you haven’t heard the “news”, it’s been all over Silicon Valley for the past 48 hours or so. Blogger (cum Gizmodo Editor) Jason Chen’s (reminded me of another Edision Chen case which have had Hong Kong movie industry its fair share of “excitement”) house had been ransacked and his computers among other gadgets being confiscated, in lieu of his article This is Apple’s Next iPhone. If you want to know what the fuss is all about, well… iPhone 4G naturally! And the person to unveil it to the world is not Steve Jobs! Well, you can imagine what those consequences would be, can’t you?
 
Now, no one has got all the facts nor do I really know what exactly has transpired over the weekend. Apparently, some Powell guy (an Apple engineer) had carelessly lost his prototype for the new iPhone(Mar. 18) which is to be unveiled in the Summer in some bar in Redwood City. Through some twists and turns, that very real iPhone ended up in Gizmodo’s hands.



Ok, I get it… be patient, I’ll unveil the links to you so that you can go get all the details in no time. Let me just get to the latest updates first, ok? So, the latest I’ve read is that Apple had “sent” a squat team REACT (Rapid Enforcement & Allied Computer Team; a high tech crime task force) to retrieve some sensitive equipments from Jason Chen’s house when he wasn’t at home during the night of Apr. 23! According to Fast Company, Apple “started the whole thing”.
 
Now, what is there to review about such a situation other than the fact that something was lost, someone got hold of it and published it. You might say what’s the big deal?
 
Big deal is it’s an Apple product which was only to be unveiled by Steve Jobs, I reckon?
Big deal is that someone’s house was broken into by police when the person is not even at home!


 
That brings me to some serious thinking…
  1.  What’s that about First Amendment Act in the U.S.? Does it not apply here? If yes, how so?
  2. The rights of police. To me, even if there is a suspected criminal act (commercial in this case), what gives them the right to enter a property (at night when the owner is not even around)?

Ok, now that I've voiced my piece on this whole issue, here's the link to that infamous article which is about to hit 9 million page view! That's your next iPhone waiting for you... hmmm, kinda make me think if Steve Jobs is going to redesign the entire thing now that everything is out in the open? What do you think?
 
 
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April 29, 2010
sounds pretty much like corporate espionage...Great review.
April 29, 2010
Not really. I think it's more like a case of gate-crasher at the white house ;-)
 
April 28, 2010
Apple sent in the swat team? I thought it was the city city of San Mateo that did. News to me! But interesting theory. This whole story has been weird. Finding a hotly anticipated gadget in a bar and then having a large amount of money involved? Doesn't sound good. I would think that the guy who sold it would be in as much trouble as Gizmodo/Jason Chen. We shall see. Will be interesting to see what the next iPhone looks like!
April 29, 2010
There must be a plaintiff before the city will act. It was reported by Fast Company in one of their articles.
 
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In April 2010, Gizmodo came into possession of what it believed to be a 4th generation iPhone prototype. The site claimed to have purchased the device for USD $5000 from an unnamed individual who found it unattended at a bar in Redwood City, CA a month earlier. With Apple confirming its provenance, bloggers such as John Gruber have speculated that this transaction may have violated the California Penal Code.
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