Missing iPhone 5 Spoofed by Conan O’Brien

Not only is it amazing that Apple managed to loose two iPhone prototypes in the last two years, but some are wondering if the entire thing was staged for free publicity. Then there is the question of how Apple security and San Francisco police handled the search of one man’s home. The staged raid and fake lost iPhone theory seems a littler far fetched, but the circus surrounding the missing device has gotten so out of hand, that it has become pop culture fodder, and even made an appearance as a fake commercial on the Conan O’Brien Show.

If you don’t know the story here is a quick recap. Two men were charged with misdemeanors after selling an iPhone 4 prototype that was left in a Redwood City, Calif. bar by an Apple employee in 2010. The phone was sold to the tech blog Gizmodo for $5,000 and eventually recovered.

On August 31, 2011 CNET revealed that a possible iPhone 5 prototype was left in another California bar. People were originally skeptical of the CNET story since no police report was filed, but an interview conducted by SF Weekly revealed that Apple security and San Francisco police did investigate the disappearance of an iPhone prototype. Apple used GPS to track the phone to a man’s home in Bernal Heights, but the device was never found. Police are now investigating what took place at the man’s home

On Thursday Conan O’Brien aired a fake Apple commercial mocking the situation. The missing iPhone has yet to be found.