Prototype

10 juicy details from the iPhone affidavit

May 15, 2010: 9:07 AM ET

How the cops cracked the case of the missing fourth-generation prototype, step by step

Click to enlarge. Source: San Mateo Superior Court

Here's what we know now that we didn't know before the court released a San Mateo detective's 10-page sworn statement of facts:

  • When Gizmodo posted photos and videos of Apple's (AAPL) top-secret iPhone prototype, Steve Jobs got right on the horn to Gizmodo's editor, Brian Lam, and read him the riot act. He wanted the thing back, but was mostly worried what Gizmodo's story would do to sales of the iPhone 3GS.
  • Lam comes back with a smarmy "off the record" e-mail. He won't return the dingus without a story he can run with -- like a letter from Apple legal saying it's the real deal. Then he makes a pitch for better access: "The thing is, Apple PR has been cold to us lately... I know you like walt [Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal] and pogue [David Pogue of the New York Times], and like working with them, but I think Gizmodo has more in common with old Apple than those guys do."

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