The iPhone 4G News Wrap-Up: More Strange, More Legal

Mon, Apr 26, 2010

iPhone, Mobile

As previously reported, the case of Gizmodo’s iPhone 4G continues to top headlines, and it’s only becoming more and more strange by the day. As of now, there are a whole lot of details surrounding the predicament including both rumors and facts. Below, I have summarized the most important details you should know about the whole case.

Fact: Gizmodo has/had a stolen/lost iPhone

This is fact, as the article they posted prominently discusses details of the leaked iPhone along with pictures and video of the phone’s outsides and insides. Not only that, they paid $5,000 for it.

Fact: Engadget was also offered the same phone

Engadget, a blog in the same vein as Gizmodo, was also offered the phone and refused to purchase it after consulting lawyers. They did however, post a small article with pictures of the phone a day or two before Gizmodo’s article came out.

Fact: Apple asked for it back

In a formal letter, Apple has asked for the lost phone back. The letter dated April 19th, was signed by Bruce Sewell from Apple and clearly states: “It has come to our attention that Gizmodo is currently in possession of a device that belongs to Apple. This letter constitutes a formal request that you return the device to Apple.”

Fact: Gizmodo may face charges

According to iPhone Central, the San Mateo district attorney is considering filing theft charges against Gizmodo for purchasing known-stolen property. Not only that, but just breaking is that an editor of Gizmodo, Jason Chen’s home has been searched and equipment has been seized from his home.

That seems to be the story for now. I will keep you updated with the story as much as possible. This is moving very quickly and I certainly hope it was worth the $5,000 and legal trouble for Gizmodo to get the jump on an admittedly huge story. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook to receive the latest updates on the situation.

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