The guy who found it called Apple support and they said it wasn't theirs or they didn't want it. Now the Support aren't trained for things like this but what is the finder supposed to do? Would you turn down 5k for somethings thats clearly not stolen but found, and the owners said they didn't want it? Its a $200 prototype phone, not some million-dollar secret WMD. The only bad press Apple got from this was that the guy is getting prosecuted. If he wasn't it may of even seemed like Apple set it up to hype up iPhone 4. Apple is not "victimized" it was their fault for loosing the phone in the first place, then not taking it back.
Completely wrong. They guy who found it said (in his public interview) that he did NOT try to call Apple. He had a friend who said he'd do it - but there's no evidence that he actually followed through. More importantly, that's not a legitimate attempt to return it. If he were really interested in returning it, he could have:
- call the guy who lost it at Apple - he knew his name
- answered the phone when it rang that night - since anyone calling would probably be the owner or a friend of the owner
- looked through the phone numbers for one called 'mom' or 'office' and left a message
- sent a message to the guy's Facebook account
- Call Apple HQ
- turn it over to the police
- turn it over to the bartender or bar manager
- call Apple legal
- call Apple R&D
- Drop it off at Apple HQ
- Mail it to Apple HQ
Instead, he made ZERO effort to return it. His friend MIGHT HAVE called AppleCare - which is the stupidest thing in the world to do. They are there to solve technical problems. If you called and said "I found a lost iPhone", no one would expect them to be able to return it to the owner.
You keep saying it wasn't stolen. Please familiarize yourself with the law in CA and, AFAIK, every state in the country. It WAS stolen by law.
There's no evidence that the rightful owner said that they didn't want it. AT BEST, some support drone might have said he didn't know what to do with it so don't return it to him. That's not the same as the owner saying he didn't want it.
Your values are backwards. It IS a multimillion dollar phone. its early release is going to cost Apple a lot of sales and also give Apple's competition a several month head start. Prototypes are VERY valuable - especially Apple prototypes which are normally veiled in secrecy. Claiming it was worth only $200 is absurd - especially when the guy was paid $5 K for it.
Well there are so many rumors its hard to even tell whats true and whats not. But I think its Apple's responsibility to protect their million dollar secrets, not drop them in a bar for whoever to find. All the guy did was sell a couple hundred $ of stolen property, any other implications were a direct result of the Apple employ who left the million dollar secret in a bar. I don't think the guy is going to Jail hes probably just has to pay a fine. IMO the best thing Apple can do right now is apologize to the guy who got his house raided over a phone, to neutralize the slew of bad press they've been getting recently including their ridiculous incident with Ellen DeGeneres, and bad press from the Daily Show. And BTW simply correcting me is fine, resorting to insults on an internet forum is actually very childish of you.
There are rumors, but there are also direct quotes from people involved. You are inaccurately reporting almost all the facts as they are currently known.
You keep stating that it's Apple's fault for leaving it in a bar. That's not correct. The law very clearly understands that people make mistakes and things get lost. BUT THE FINDER HAS AN OBLIGATION TO ATTEMPT TO RETURN THEM - which did not happen in this case.
Why would Apple apologize to Chen? Chen admitted to having paid for stolen property and Apple reported a stolen phone to the police. The police were doing their job to get a search warrant (you left that part out) and raid the house. If Chen didn't want his house raided, he shouldn't buy stolen property.
DeGeneres is a different issue and adding it in simply confuses things. The problem in Ellen's case is that she made something that looked exactly like an Apple commercial. Apple must legally defend its trademarks - and her misuse of the Apple trademark could weaken the brand. Given that the Apple brand is currently worth something like $100 BILLION, Apple has a huge incentive to protect their brand.
The EFF is like PETA. They take a good idea and extend it past the breaking point until they become nothing more than radical extremists (my favorite is PETA's demand that Punxatawny Phil (the famous Feb 2 groundhog) be replaced with a robot).
Then what you remember is wrong. If you had done even a modicum of research, you'd know what the CA law says on the matter. It has been posted on AI dozens of times in the past few weeks even if you're too lazy to search for the info online. If someone finds a lost article and doesn't make a reasonable attempt to return it to the owner, it is stolen property.