An Apple employee is in trouble with his bosses after the prototype of its top-secret iPhone 5 was left in a bar... just as happened with the iPhone 4. The as yet unreleased gadget was supposedly 'misplaced' at Cava22, a tequila bar in San Francisco. Apple's security team was called in after reports that the gizmo had been sold over the internet for ?120 and a 22-year-old man was questioned. However, technology website Cnet.co.uk reports that the San Francisco Police Department said Apple had not reported the item as lost. Cava22 owner Jose Valle has said that neither the SFPD or Apple have contacted him, although he does remember getting calls about a lost iPhone last month. It follows a very similar incident in April 2010 when a then-unreleased iPhone 4 was left in a the beer garden of a German bar in California by an Apple engineer.
While there is not yet any official confirmation from Apple that the release of a new iPhone is imminent, there are widespread reports that an October launch is slated for the iPhone 5, around two months after this incident took place. That release date would be supported by images that appeared on the internet this week.