Gray Powell

Apple wants its secret iPhone back

April 20, 2010: 7:05 AM ET

The end of the cloak-and-dagger tale of a lost or stolen prototype

Photo: Gizmodo

Now that most of the pieces are in place, the story turns out to be pretty straightforward.

On March 18, a young Apple (AAPL) engineer had a few too many drinks at a beer garden in Redwood City, Calif., and left his cellphone behind on a bar stool. A customer picked it up, saw that it looked like an iPhone, located the Facebook app and found the owner's profile page (since removed). According to this customer, he tried to contact Apple but all he got for his trouble was a case number. By the next morning, the phone was dead -- disabled remotely.

Meanwhile, he's looked more closely at the device and discovered that underneath what looks like an ordinary iPhone is something quite different. For one thing, it has two cameras -- one on the front and one on the back. He breaks open the outer case and finds the device shown at right.

This is where the story gets a little shady.

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