The iPhone 4G honeymoon period is over for Gizmodo; Apple’s senior vice president Bruce Sewell has sent a letter to the blog’s editor, Brian Lam, requesting the device be returned.
“It has come to our attention that GIZMODO is currently in possession of a device that belongs to Apple,” the letter states. “This letter constitutes a formal request that you return the device to Apple.”
The letter then confirms that the device is indeed an Apple unit of some kind, but does not confirm whether or not this is the final build of the iPhone 4G expected in shops later this year.
California law states that the owner of lost property has three years to reclaim their item, or ownership is passed to the owner of the premises where the property was found. Apple’s response probably came in about three hours, rather than three years.
Found in a bar, Gizmodo is rumoured to have paid between $5,000 and $10,000 to get their hands on the device after Apple Software Engineer Gray Powell was thought to have misplaced the handset.
Still no official word from Apple, and we don’t expect to hear anything until later in the year.