Prototype iPhone surveillance tape erasedOctober 4, 2011
By Loh Ving Sung
04 October 2011 ľAnd just a few hours before the iPhone's unveiling, Apple's secret stays a secret after all.
San Francisco PD were turned down by bar owner Jose Valle after surveillance footage about alleged misplaced prototype for the next-gen iPhone were unintentionally erased after the hard drive storage hit full capacity.
CNET reports that the bar where the prototype was lost was covered by six cameras, where images were taken at three or four minute intervals and could have shed light on how it was lost and who held the phone.
The loss of the second prototypes was first reported August 31st, where it was reported that an unreleased iPhone was lost in a bar called Cava 22. Two members of Apple's internal security then contacted police that a device was lost in the bar around 22nd July.
Two days later, police and Apple security visited a house of a 22-year old man who later acknowledged that he was the bar when the phone was lost, but had no knowledge about it.
When police decided to ask for the footage, the video ends up deleted. When police decided to ask for the footage, the video ends up deleted. Bar owner Valle said Apple never approached him for the video, and looks like we the intrepid public may never find out what happened to the phone after all.