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Brian Lam wasn't exactly forthcoming when Jobs contacted him

And you thought that whole iPhone 4G/HD saga was over? CNET News has just posted excerpts from an affidavit for the search warrant used to raid Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's house.

If you may recall, an Apple engineer lost a prototype iPhone in a bar, a man by the name of Brian Hogan found the phone, and an unnamed third person then sold the phone to Gizmodo for $5,000. Once Gizmodo came into possession of the phone, the biggest tech news story of 2010 was upon us.

We are now learning, thanks to CNET, that none other than the big man himself, Steve Jobs, contacted Brian Lam and requested the return of the iPhone prototype. Steve Jobs is known to get rather upset and tyrannical with his own employees, so one must wonder how that conversation went.

It was also revealed that Apple pushed police to investigate the case. CNET provides this excerpt from the affidavit:

Sewell told me that after Gizmodo.com released its story regarding the iPhone prototype on or about 4/19/2010, Steve Jobs (Apple CEO) contacted the editor of Gizmodo.com, Brian Lam. Jobs requested that Lam return the phone to Apple. Lam responded via the e-mail address...that he would return the iPhone on the condition that Apple provided him with a letter stating the iPhone belonged to Apple.

According to CNET, even after Steve Jobs contacted Brian Lam requesting the return of the iPhone, he still wasn't satisfied. In fact, Lam went on to respond stating that he wanted "confirmation that it is real, from Apple, officially."

Lam continued, stating, "Right now, we have nothing to lose. The thing is, Apple PR has been cold to us lately. It affected my ability to do my job right at iPad launch. So we had to go outside and find our stories like this one, very aggressively."

As we all know, Brian Lam did get an official response from Apple in the form of a letter from Apple's legal department on April 20.

The full 19-page search warrant is expected to be made public before 5pm EST today.

Updated 5/14/2010 @ 4:48pm

You can find the previously sealed documents (search warrant, affidavit, etc.) here.



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4g iphone specs
By sLaYDeMOn on 5/15/2010 2:50:31 AM , Rating: 3
I really didn't care for the whole stolen thing, I just cared about the new iphone, and from what i see, it kinda sux. I was kinda hoping for a bigger screen, but instead, they give us a smaller screen. I was also hoping for a more customizable lock/standby screen, but looks like 4.0 isnt giving that either. And no flash software.

I have had the 3GS since the first week of July... I was so sick of the UI and its closed software. I jailbroke it by the 3rd week of july because I could not handle the limitations. I had to go through so many freakin menus just to turn bluetooth on/off. IT SHOULDNT BE THAT HARD.

And the phone needs some real buttons. Why would it hurt to include a phone button next to the home button? And why not an iPod button? and a mail button? and possibly a search button?? Theres empty space all around the home button, and including these buttons will cut down on time as well as making it MUCH easier to use the damn phone. The mail, phone, and ipod, web browser functionality of the phone will never leave, so why not include tactile buttons to quickly switch between them?!!?! If i'm in an app, I wouldn't have to first go to the homescreen, then click on the icon on the dock. And if its not on the dock, then thats a whole other story. One button to click when in an app will automatically close it and open up the phone/ipod/mail etc.

I'm sorry, I had to vent. I'm switching to the EVO asap, i cant take anymore of this apple crap.




RE: 4g iphone specs
By sprockkets on 5/15/2010 9:56:56 AM , Rating: 2
Uh, you didn't know that before buying that dumb phone?

Get android and tinker all you want, on any network.


RE: 4g iphone specs
By icanhascpu on 5/15/2010 8:14:40 PM , Rating: 1
1. The iPhone HD does not have a smaller screen and does better resolution. What are you on about?

2. You can make the home button do more than than just take you home. You can have it do different stuff on a double click (open ipod open phone etc), and does other things if you add the lock button into the mix.

Dont blame X company for your ignorance. I can see the future. You're going to be back here in six months b1tching about Andriod because it doesn't do x and y, when you yourself cant RTFM.


RE: 4g iphone specs
By sLaYDeMOn on 5/16/2010 1:33:56 AM , Rating: 2
"Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)"

quoted exactly from the gizmodo article, so yes, it does have a smaller screen, what are YOU on about?

Also, double clicking the home button already leads to my iPod, and holding down the home button activates backgrounder. Theres only so much you can do with one button. What about speed dial/favorites? Mail? A few capacitive buttons near the home button would not hurt.

Get ur facts straight.


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