The Case of The Lost iPhone 4G

Usually when websites announce that they have leaked photos of new Apple devices, one of several things happen.

1. The site indicates that the images are bogus

2. Within an hour or two, the site indicates that the images are bogus.

Not so with the iPhone 4thGen images that Engadget unveiled last week. The images looked okay. Certainly plausible enough, but MoD kept waiting for someone to identify them as a Chinese iPhone knockoff. Because with the current state of Apple product security, it’s IMPOSSIBLE that a technology blog actually got their hands on a prototype/pre release test model next gen iPhone.

Well, that’s what has happened.

Engadget was leaning towards giving the photos more weight when the site noticed that the alleged images matched an image in their previously published/confirmed iPad pre release images. All weekend, Gizmodo was very quiet, and did not post anything on the Engadget images (very strange for the one site to not reference the other site, they do it all the time).

Monday Gizmodo’s silence was now understood. Gizmodo actually got access to this device and had in depth photos and views of the device. Based on the depth of Gizmodo’s information, it’s clear that the phone in their hands is either a world class fake/stunt or an Apple prototype test model for 4th Gen iPhone. (In a separate article, MoD will break down the iphone prototype itself.) Gizmodo is reporting that an individual found the device. Gizmodo indicated the device was found in a bar in Redmond City, CA (near the home of MotherShip). The phone was apparently housed in a case to make it look like a regular iPhone 3GS in case (the disguise is pretty good).

Based on Gizmodo’s story on how they acquired the phone, the device is real. The next major question is what does Apple do about the phone?

Apple’s crack legal assault team demands that the hardware is returned and all images/content pulled off Gizmodo’s web site. Apple has done this before, when sites like AppleInsider/MacRumors got hold of iPod Nano images, and way back in the day iMac images. However, all that’s going to do is confirm that the device in Gizmodo’s hands is a legitimate device, and that it’s very close to the new iPhone being released in either June/July. Apple can asked Gizmodo to recall the images all they want, the images are out there. Update: Apple has requested their phone be returned. Apple seems to be insisting that the phone was stolen

There is one big  question that remains unanswered to date. While Gizmodo does a nice job showing the internals of the device and certain parts, there’s literally no discussion at all in detail about the chip sets found in the device. Is it 3G or CDMA? Is the primary processor a new design or an existing design?

Being employed in the business of propaganda, MoD leaves our readers with one last note. Could this be a marketing stunt by Apple? Considering the lengths of Apple product security this whole story sounds almost implausible. Would Apple go to these extremes to play a massive game of misdirection?

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