And 24 million by the end of 2010, according to a new report out of Taiwan
DigiTimes, a Taipei-based tech daily with a rich supply of anonymous tipsters among Apple's (AAPL) Pacific Rim suppliers, issued a detailed report Monday about the next generation iPhone that actually quotes a source by name.
This is presumably the same fourth-generation iPhone -- or one much like it -- that was left in a Redwood City bar four weeks ago.
Here, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, DigiTimes senior analyst, is what Taiwanese component makers are saying about it:
Santa Clara police are reported to be investigating the purchase of a top-secret prototype
Is somebody going to go to jail?
According to a CNET report posted Friday, police in Silicon Valley are investigating the sale of an iPhone prototype that was accidentally left in a bar by an Apple (AAPL) engineer and purchased by a gadget website for $5,000.
The purpose of the investigation, according to CNET's source, an unnamed law-enforcement official, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 23, 2010 5:34 PM ET
The tale of the lost prototype is now a late-night comedy joke -- and not a very funny one
David Letterman, with great reluctance, used the story of Apple's (AAPL) misplaced iPhone as fodder for his top 10 list Wednesday night.
"Frankly I'm a little sick -- fed up -- with the Apple people," he begins. "Because, first of all, nobody's got any money. And second of all, would we need it MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 22, 2010 9:54 AM ET
The end of the cloak-and-dagger tale of a lost or stolen prototype
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, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 20, 2010 7:05 AM ET
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