Tag Archive for ‘Prototype’

New iPod touch Prototype Revealed ➝

The guys at Tinh Te are on a roll with yet another Apple prototype. This time a 64GB iPod touch with a camera. The device carries a “DVT-1” designation, which means that it’s a “design verification test,” which is typical of a late-stage testing unit.

The prototype is very similar to the one that was revealed by Covino & Rich in August of last year. The biggest difference being that the Covino & Rich iPod touch didn’t have any markings on the back.

MacRumors is reporting that the serial number of the unit indicates that it was manufactured in June 2009. So, this particular leak shouldn’t be seen as confirmation that Apple will be releasing an iPod touch with a camera. Instead, simply see it as confirmation that Apple has tested an iPod touch with a camera at some point in the past.

New Details from the iPhone Affidavit ➝

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.

Another iPhone HD Prototype Leaked ➝

Engadget reports on another leaked iPhone HD. This time it comes from the “kids” at Taoviet. The definitive sourcing for this story seems a little sketchy. Although Engadget’s primary source is Taoviet, most the images here actually come from Tinh Te (they’ve also published a video). It’s difficult to tell who actually has access to the device.

A commenter on Engadget’s report has done some translation and it appears that these guys claim to have received access to it from a businessman that purchased it from an unnamed source for $4,000.

This prototype seems to be further along in production than Gizmodo’s device. The pair of screws on the bottom have disappeared, the design seems a bit cleaner, and the tear-down photos display what is believed to be an Apple A4 processor.

The device doesn’t boot into iPhone OS, instead booting into what appears to be a test routine called “Bonfire.” The device will show up in iTunes as an iPhone in recovery mode but shows an error when trying to restore it.

There’s not really anything new and exciting about this leak other than that it happened. It’s quite a curious situation — Apple has never lost a prototype device before (to my knowledge) and here we are with two of them turning up in the span of just one month.

Wired Reveals the People Involved in Sale of the Lost iPhone ➝

Law.com has revealed that Gizmodo editor Jason Chen has hired a criminal lawyer. I’m glad to hear that he’s finally taking this seriously. Chen’s lawyer says that he does not know if Chen is the target of the investigation or if they are trying to find information about his sources. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is saying that to protect his client.

What’s more interesting is that the finder of the iPhone prototype has been revealed. Wired has discovered the identity of the finder after following some social networking clues.

From the report on Wired:

Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California, says although he was paid by tech site Gizmodo, he believed the payment was for allowing the site exclusive access to review the phone. Gizmodo emphasized to him “that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press,” according to his attorney Jeffrey

Hogan says that he regrets not doing more to return the iPhone to Apple. Wired also reports that a friend of Hogan called AppleCare about the device and this is all that was done as an attempt to return the device. The iPhone was never returned to the bar and no other type of attempts were made.

In their report Wired also reveals that they were contacted to purchase the device, but not by Hogan. So there was a middleman, which leads me to believe that Hogan knew what he was doing was not only incredibly shady but also potentially illegal.

Final Thoughts on Gizmodo

Gizmodo has published a letter from Apple’s senior VP and chief legal counsel Bruce Sewell that formally requests that they return the iPhone prototype to them. They’ve also published their response, which has been archived by Cult of Mac.

Gizmodo’s response in its original form:

Happy to have you pick this thing up. Was burning a hole in our pockets. Just so you know, we didn’t know this was stolen when we bought it. Now that we definitely know it’s not some knockoff, and it really is Apple’s, I’m happy to see it returned to its rightful owner.

P.S. I hope you take it easy on the kid who lost it. I don’t think he loves anything more than Apple except, well, beer.

I call this its original form because it was later edited by Gizmodo. Keep in mind that this isn’t just a weblog post, this is what Gizmodo is claiming to be their official response to Bruce Sewell.

Here’s their published response in its current form:

Happy to have you pick this thing up. Was burning a hole in our pockets. Just so you know, we didn’t know this was stolen [as they might have claimed. meaning, real and truly from Apple. It was found, and to be of unproven origin] when we bought it. Now that we definitely know it’s not some knockoff, and it really is Apple’s, I’m happy to see it returned to its rightful owner.

P.S. I hope you take it easy on the kid who lost it. I don’t think he loves anything more than Apple.

The bit in brackets was added and the snarky jab about beer has been removed. I’m not going to get into the legal aspect of this whole ordeal because I’m not I don’t know enough to do so (and Jeff Bercovici has already done a fine job at that on DailyFinance). However, I will comment on their nonchalant attitude regarding the situation. I think it’s clear to anyone who’s paid any attention to this story that Gizmodo cares less about their reputation and readers than they do pageviews.

The simple fact that they edited their response to make themselves look better is enough reason to believe that these guys aren’t anything more than scumbags. Gizmodo has lost me as a reader and I don’t know if there is anything they could do to bring me back.

Gizmodo Explains How Apple Lost the iPhone

In an amazing display of scumbaggery, Gizmodo has decided to publicly shame the Apple employee who lost the iPhone prototype. I’ve decided not to link to their piece and not to mention the employee’s name because I think their actions are simply appalling.

There was no mention in Gizmodo’s report of who found the device or how the folks at Gizmodo got a hold of it. Their story goes from “He reached for a phone and called a lot of Apple numbers and tried to find someone who was at least willing to transfer his call to the right person, but no luck” to “weeks later, Gizmodo got it” without much actual information in between. However, the New York Times has confirmed that the person who found the device sold it to Nick Denton, chief executive of Gawker Media, which owns Gizmodo, for $5,000.

The piece ends with what seems like their justification for running it, Jesus Diaz stating that Apple shouldn’t fire the employee.

He sounded tired and broken. But at least he’s alive and apparently may still be working at Apple—as he should be. After all, it’s just a fucking iPhone and mistakes can happen to everyone

Sure, it’s just an iPhone that Gizmodo paid $5,000 to get their hands on. It’s just an iPhone that Jason Chen and Jesus Diaz were willing to risk journalistic integrity to write about in detail. It’s just an iPhone that is currently considered to be stolen goods under California law.

Whether it’s just an iPhone or not, you’ve decided to publicly humiliate a man who made a mistake, possible costing him his career. It doesn’t matter if you thought you were doing the right thing — you weren’t. Sure, you may have had one of the biggest days in the history of Gizmodo (in terms of pageviews) but you’ve lost what little respect for you that remained from some incredibly influential people (like Macro Arment, Craig Hockenberry, and John Gruber to name a few).

What really got my goat was Nick Denton’s tweet in which he wrote:

A few clueless geeks believe “real journalists” wait for Steve Jobs or his publicists to make an announcement. Screw that.

That may be the case, but “real journalists” also believe that one shouldn’t acquire stolen property for pageviews.

But hey, it’s just a fucking iPhone.