OAKLAND: San Francisco police said on Friday they had helped Apple Inc security search for a “lost item,” following a week of reports that a prototype of the newest iPhone had gone missing in July. Officers did not say exactly what Apple had lost, but they left a clue — the San Francisco Police Department’s Friday press release about the hunt was called “iphone5.doc,” an apparent reference to a new version of the mobile phone that tech industry watchers expect to be released soon. Tech news service CNET this week said an iPhone 5, which has not been released, went missing in a San Francisco bar in July. SF Weekly, a local newspaper, on Friday quoted a San Francisco man as saying police had come to his house in July searching for a lost iPhone. The two Apple employees accompanied by four police officials searched a house but did not find the lost item and left the house, the police statement said.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2011.