As everybody and their followers spooge all over the next generation of iPhone reportedly left in a Redwood City bar and subsequently autopsied by Gizmodo staff, several questions are swirling around the Appeal office, like, “would you bang someone just because they had an iPhone from the future?” “In Redwood City?” “Do you think the ‘bar’ was Pizza and Pipes?”

It’s confounding, right? That an employee of a company as notoriously secretive as Apple would bring this mystery machine to a bar in Redwood City, let alone be careless enough to leave it there. What do you think is up with that?

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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  • Beej

    My guesses

    1) Drunken time-traveler from The Future.

    2) Time-traveler from The Past who went to The Future, got an iPhone, then traveled here to The Now and- not knowing how important a thing like this would be- got careless (or drunk) and left it.

  • Haze Valet

    …and it just happened to be Gizmodo who “found” the device right? There will probably be a web based scavenger hunt for more of these iTools over the next few weeks before they unveil the thing, with plenty of iTrolls ransacking local businesses to get their hands on their next iSociety status marker…iLAME. Unplug iWeirdos, go outside.

  • DJTennessee

    It was discarded because it wasn’t getting any reception.

  • Haze Valet

    Sooooooo… according to Techcrunch Gizmodo BOUGHT the thing. I hope for industrial espionage on this one. So much more exciting than gimmicky advertising/hyping.