Gizmodo: How Apple Lost the Next iPhone

Posted on April 19, 2010 by

Gray Powell, Apple Software Engineer

Gizmodo has posted a story of how “Apple’s next iPhone” was found.  They don’t give any details on how they received the device, but Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media which owns Gizmodo, told the Associated Press that the company paid $5,000 for the phone.

The Gourmet Haus Staudt. A nice place to enjoy good German beer. And if you are an Apple Software Engineer named Gray Powell and you get one too many beers, it’s also a nice place to lose the next-generation iPhone.

The 27-year-old Powell—a North Carolina State University 2006 graduate and talented amateur photographer—is an Apple Software Engineer working on the iPhone Baseband Software, the little program that enables the iPhone to make calls.

On the night of March 18, he was enjoying the fine imported ales at Gourmet Haus Staudt, a nice German beer garden in Redwood City, California. He was happy. The place was great. The beer was excellent. “I underestimated how good German beer is,” he typed into the next-generation iPhone he was testing on the field, cleverly disguised as an iPhone 3GS. It was his last Facebook update from the secret iPhone. It was the last time he ever saw the iPhone, right before he abandoned it on bar stool, leaving to go home.

Read the entire story here.

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