Here’s something you don’t hear every day. Multiple news outlets are reporting that two men were picked up in a German airport after an x-ray machine picked up a knife in one of their bags.

The weapon alone isn’t that interesting, but what they found after searching through the rest of the luggage is certainly intriguing. German officials think they may have been one of the first ones to lay eyes on the iPhone 5

9to5Mac passes on the report, which has been carried by several German publications. Thanks to Google translate and the help of a knowledgeable reader, they were able to make out most of the story.

Apparently, the two men were on their way back from Turkey. They were detained at the Munster-Osnabruck Airport after bag scans revealed a dangerous weapon. To their surprise, a thorough search of the luggage revealed a bounty of Apple smartphones.

Airport officials identified some of the devices as counterfiets, but there was one model in particular that stood out. It was described as an “unpublished instrument,” and believed to be Apple’s yet-to-be-released smartphone.

The customs agents didn’t take any chances. They took the men into custody on suspicion of “industry spying,” and quickly contacted the Cupertino company.

While it’s still uncertain if the mysterious device was the real deal, it’s interesting that the airport hasn’t released any photos. Did Apple confirm that the phone was authentic? Or were the men just peddling some cheap knock-offs?

  • Joe

    You could ease up on the advertisements, it’s sad when there are so many the page load time doubles.

    • Bradibiza

      It could be Facebook. How about you use a phone app or an adblocker!
      Being popular leads to selling advertisment Space = dollar. We all sell out eventually. I would do same and be proud of my content. Well done Seb & team

      • Joe

        I use an ad blocker, but I just don’t come to this site much anymore, I get tired of seeing the same old news posted last week.

    • Cactii

      I count 1 static ad viewable in the right-hand column. Need a new browser or ad-blocker?

    • Chris

      what ads? learn how to use your computer.

    • Huey

      Yeah this site not only takes more than double the time to load than a movie (via the internet) on my computer, but it also freezes my web browser (Google Chrome). It used to be fine when I first came here a couple of months ago, and than randomly recently it’s just been so damn slow I barely come on anymore.

  • Lani

    Lol ya some random douchebags have an iPhone5 before anyone else… iDB writers will believe anything. Hey I’ve got an iPhone6 at home right now! Wanna write an article about it!?

    • Mark

      And yet u read the story which means u believe the same amount of info the writers do

      • Craig

        Since when did reading something mean you believe something.

    • Fun fact: Reading tech news everyday actually increases your skepticism dramatically. Stories come out daily that contradict news from the day before. We simply pass the news on from credible sources, in this case 9to5mac.

      Thanks for reading!

    • ivn

      Hahahahahahaha thats hilarious !

    • Joe

      The iPhone 6 was so last year, I got a couple 8’s sitting next to me and I just bought an iPhone 9. Sad part is it still doesn’t have 4g, external storage support, file browser, dual core, and other basic features all other phones have.

  • Scott

    Why are there so many haters? I love the tech gossip. Keep up the good work.

  • Gmc

    See the original source benm.at
    He reported exclusively that probably the iphone5 was a plagiate…

  • David

    As long as Apple doesn’t mention the war they should get it back. Even though it’s not true.

  • ihu

    They obviously weren’t the first, the people whose suitcase it was saw it before them.

  • Hades

    Watching too many cloak and dagger movies lately?

  • Huey

    Funny guy over here..

  • whey is it that when someone says 1 little negetive thing about sev or or this site every one goes on a defending spree? i mean ok i enjoy the content on this site, others too but when someone complains can everyone stop saying(if you dont like it the leave….. GO Sev) or some stupid crap like that. were the readers and if a reader has an issue then let the article owner reply as the readers are the reason they make money and have ads on there site not because they do a unbeliveable job they copy paste info from other sites so stop being IDB fanboys dumb shits.

    • Jason Masters

      very well said mate plus one+1!

    • AlwaysSunny

      Here’s a tip: if you’re trying to persuade a group of people to do something (e.g. stop saying “if you don’t like it, leave”), then you may not want to wrap up your request with an ad hominem attack on said group (i.e. “stop being IDB fanboys dumb shits”).

      You see, people–especially the sort of people who knee-jerk defend against criticism–don’t generally respond favorably to requests paired with insulting cursing. So, unless your purpose is to try to fill some sort of void in your self-esteem by being some sort of Billy Messageboard Badass rather than to persuade, then you should take a different approach.

      I hope that this advice can in some way help you recover from being a whiny, grammatically-challenged douchebag. I really do.

      Peace.

      • Jason Masters

        I dont know you both make a good case. Let’s get some more feedback from the other commenters and see where this issue goes. You both should run for some sort of political office.

      • WTF?

        Erm i think that (Apple but green) makes a good case see you are trying to sound smart by “giving him a leason” but you look a little stupid insulting him directly (recover from being a whiny, grammatically-challenged douchebag. I really do)…………… I too am sick of people saying leave the site and dont read it if you do not like it so yes EVERYONE SHOULD STOP BEING IDB FANBOYS. all he said that was a little negetive was IDB fanboys dumb shits, what you said was worse and uncalled for, the people he speaks about are dumb shits and he is not looking for there approval or to change there minds just to let them know they are dumb.
        O BTW smartass your thoughts are not important dont give people TIPS if no one asks for it.
        (ps I hope AlwaysSunny, that this advice can in some way help you recover from being a whiny, pain in the ass douchebag asshole smartass. I really do)

        +1 Apple is green

      • WTF?

        Erm i think that (Apple but green) makes a good case see you are trying to sound smart by “giving him a lesson” but you look a little stupid insulting him directly (recover from being a whiny, grammatically-challenged douche bag. I really do)…………… I too am sick of people saying leave the site and don’t read it if you do not like it so yes EVERYONE SHOULD STOP BEING IDB FANBOYS. all he said that was a little negative was IDB fanboys dumb shits, what you said was worse and uncalled for, the people he speaks about are dumb shits and he is not looking for their approval or to change their minds just to let them know they are dumb.
        O BTW smartass your thoughts are not important don’t give people TIPS if no one asks for it.
        (ps I hope AlwaysSunny, that this advice can in some way help you recover from being a whiny, pain in the ass douche bag asshole smartass. I really do)

        +1 Apple is green

      • Soooooooo your giving me a tip by saying that i am a (whiny, grammatically-challenged douche bag) when all i said was fanboys are dumb shits? and that long smartass speech you just made that was for who’s benefit? now tell me your not a fanboy………………………………..
        when someone type’s fast and makes mistakes it gives you the right to insult them? i have grounds for why i insult fanboys what is your reason?

        Get a Life man dame
        +1 Jason Masters
        +1 WTF?

  • north

    If your browser is crashing on this site (Especially Chrome) you might want to run an anti-malware type of program to see what codec in fluxed browser hooks your free porn browsing step dad has loaded on your machine.
    Or maybe you stupidly have done so. Site loads fine, yeah there are ads, welcome to the internet dicknuts

  • WTF?

    Erm i think that (Apple but green) makes a good case see you are trying to sound smart by “giving him a lesson” but you look a little stupid insulting him directly (recover from being a whiny, grammatically-challenged douche bag. I really do)…………… I too am sick of people saying leave the site and don’t read it if you do not like it so yes EVERYONE SHOULD STOP BEING IDB FANBOYS. all he said that was a little negative was IDB fanboys dumb shits, what you said was worse and uncalled for, the people he speaks about are dumb shits and he is not looking for their approval or to change their minds just to let them know they are dumb.
    O BTW smartass your thoughts are not important don’t give people TIPS if no one asks for it.
    (ps I hope AlwaysSunny, that this advice can in some way help you recover from being a whiny, pain in the ass douche bag asshole smartass. I really do)

    +1 Apple is green

  • Jason Masters

    The battle continues…..

    • Apple is green

      I would just like to say that i want a large version of that picture JASONMASTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David

    Lady’s and gentlemen, LETS GET READYY TOOOOO RUMBLEEEEEEEE!!!