CNET: San Francisco Police Request Bar Security Footage In Missing iPhone 5 "Case"

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The mysterious iPhone 5 prototype at the center of that bizarre is-it-or-isn't-it police case in San Francisco took another twist this weekend. Mainly, the police are asked for bar security footage even though they admit no crime took place there.

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CNET, the news organization that originally reported a second iPhone prototype had been lost by an Apple employee in a bar, reports today that:

Jose Valle, whose family owns Cava 22, a popular bar-restaurant in the city's Mission District, told CNET Friday that officers from the San Francisco Police Department visited the bar about a week ago and left a message that they wanted to see his surveillance video from July 21 and 22 as part of their lost iPhone case. Valle said he has the video and has since tried to connect with investigators but that they have yet to follow up.

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A police lieutenant named Troy Dangerfield contacted by CNET said he was unaware that investigators from the SFPD had even gone to the bar to ask for the footage, which officially set the head-scratching level for this case at "down to the bone."

"In order for there to be a crime, you need a victim," Dangerfield told CNET, before offering up the investigators might have been there as part of an internal review related the department.

Photos, video or even hints about the missing prototype's whereabouts remain non-existent. [CNET, Image]

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DISCUSSION

What I don't get in the comments before mine are people insisting that a missing iPhone 5 prototype is worth so much money. To who? A blog who can release an article about how they have it and now you don't have to wait 2 months to learn about it? To some uber fan boy who needs bragging rights?

Lets be honest. Most Apple products, hardware wise, are not all that great. They typically have tech that's been out a year because of their release cycles (with the exception of things like Thunderbolt). I mean, a dual-core phone? Not new. Their bag is how they bring it all together in the software and a lot of what I'm hearing about iOS 5 is a lot of "Oh that's neat, but Android already does that" or "Oh hey, now I don't have to jailbreak for that". So where is the value of this prototype?