Earlier we brought you the news that a group of Apple ‘investigators’ apparently posing as San Francisco PD officers had tossed a young San Franciscan’s house looking for a missing or purloined prototype of the next iPhone. But now after initially denying involvement, the SFPD has admitted that they were involved in the search, now saying that SFPD officers stood outside the man’s house as Apple ‘investigators’ riffled through the house looking for the fugitive iPhone.
So it seems the charge of impersonating police officers may have been wrong. But it opens the door on what strikes me as an even more disturbing story of collusion between actual police and Apple’s ersatz hardware police is searching someone’s home — apparently without any legal rationale.
The fugitive iPhone prototype was reportedly lost last month by an Apple employee at a bar in San Francisco.
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