Popular consumer gadgets site Gizmodo and prosecutors yesterday said police raided the home of a blogger, looking for the photographs of a stolen prototype of Apple iPhone and other materials.
Last week, Gizmodo had accepted that it had paid $5,000 for buying the prototype, which was left by an Apple employee in a Silicon Valley bar.
Talking to reporters from Reuters, the spokesman for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office Stephen Wagstaffe said that a felony investigation has been launched. “The allegation was that there was a reasonable cause that a felony theft had occurred. This is the beginning of the investigation,” he said. Meanwhile, Apple has not made any comment so far.
The prototype, which had been a carefully guarded secret of the Cupertino-based company, was being stored in a iPhone 3G box and was reportedly left behind by an Apple engineer.
Gizmodo then posted a detailed information of the yet-to-be-released device on its site and revealed that the protoype was left behind by Apple employee Gray Powell.
According to the report, the unidentified person who found the prototype tried to contact Apple before coming in contact with Gizmodo. The computer crime task force of the Santa Clara county District Attorney is leading the investigation. Apple has not yet filed any charges.
Meanwhile there is still no confirmation either from Apple or Verizon Wireless regarding the possibility of Verizon iPhone release date or iPhone 4G release date and the leaked Gizmodo iPhone 4G prototype also does not support Apple Verizon alliance.