iPhone prototype finder identified, Apple asked to search home

Wired magazine is reporting the finder of the lost Apple iPhone prototype has been identified as Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California. Contrary to earlier reports, Hogan made no attempts to contact Apple or the bar where the phone was found. He made inquiries through a third party to contact various tech sites in an attempt to sell exclusive access to the prototype phone finally catching the attention of Gizmodo.com. Since he is likely to be the target of any criminal charges if it ever comes to that, he has retained legal council and issued a statement saying he “regrets his mistake in not doing more to return the phone”.

As I read this article, what struck out to me was this opening paragraph:

People identifying themselves as representing Apple last week visited and sought permission to search the Silicon Valley address of the college-age man who came into possession of a next-generation iPhone prototype, according to a person involved with the find.

When the hell did Apple start a secret police department? Is Apple so full of themselves that they think they can go knock on a private citizen’s door and ask to search the premises? It’s scary enough that Apple tracked down the address, probably using an IP geo location and possibly with the aid of the GPS chip embedded in the phone. I can only imagine the civil liabilities they could have incurred in they had gained access to that home. As reported, these were not law enforcement officers. They were reported to be “representatives of Apple”. Maybe the San Mateo district attorney can issue a search warrant on Apple and go smash down their front door in search of evidence regarding this matter.

Remember this ground breaking Superbowl ad from Apple? Who’s big brother now?

1984 Apple's First Macintosh Commercial
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