Apple has demanded the return of a next-gen iPhone (4G) that was reportedly found in a Redwood City bar.
According to Gizmodo, the iPhone was left behind by a rather tipsy Apple Software Engineer known as Gray Powell and subsequently obtained/torn-down by the publication.
Unsurprisingly, Gizmodo has agreed to comply with Club Cupertino’s request.
“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,” Gizmodo’s editorial director Brian Lam wrote in response to Apple’s general counsel Bruce Sewell.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz claimed that Powell sounded “tired and broken” by his ordeal.
“But at least he’s alive, and apparently may still be working at Apple — as he should be. After all, it’s just a fu**ing iPhone and mistakes can happen to everyone — Gray Powell, Phil Schiller, you, me, and Steve Jobs,” opined Diaz.
“The only real mistake would be to fire Gray in the name of Apple’s legendary impenetrable security, breached by the power of German beer and one single human error.”
Oh, the humanity!