Philip Elmer-DeWitt gives a great rundown of the new information revealed in the iPhone affidavit. There’s a whole slew of new information, including confirmation that Steve Jobs called Brian Lam immediately after the images of the prototype were published, and we learn that Jobs was more concerned with what the leak would do to iPhone 3GS sales then anything else.
The affidavit states that police, and Apple, knew the identity of the finder before the end of the day. Philip Elmer-DeWitt writes:
Apple knew before the sun went down that it was Brian Hogan who snatched the iPhone and fenced it to Gizmodo. One of his roommates, Katherine Martinson, ratted him out to save her own skin. She told the cops Hogan had plugged the thing into her computer without her okay and she thought maybe it would tie her to the deal.
It sounds like they didn’t have to do too much digging before Hogan was outed.
Declan McCullagh reports on CNET that Hogan and his roommate Thomas Warner attempted to discard evidence before a warrant could be issued.
Warner showed up the house at 1 a.m. and was arrested on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Warner claimed that a prototype sticker from the iPhone fell out of his wallet at a Chevron station, and later said a 512MB thumb drive and 1GB Lexar compact flash card were under a bush on Harding Avenue, the affidavit says. Police say they recovered all the discarded hardware, including the HP computer left at the Sequoia Christian Church.
The affidavit also reveals why Gizmodo never published any photos of the device’s “connect to iTunes” screen. As it turns out, they broke the phone when disassembling it.
The biggest thing revealed to me in this whole ordeal is just how amateurish Gizmodo is as a publication. And, I find it incredibly difficult to believe that they’ll be able to successfully argue that they didn’t know it was stolen.