Those paying attention will no doubt remember the story about one unlucky fellow who received a visit from the police, along with a team of security personnel from Apple. Well, it turns out that the fallout from that visit isn’t yet over, with Apple losing its Vice President of Global Security over the matter.

Apple allegedly lost yet another iPhone prototype recently, and using the power of Find My iPhone they decided it was in the possession of a Bernal Heights resident. Apple and the San Francisco Police then rolled up to the guy’s house and asked for it back. Apple’s security team even offered to buy it back, but alas, the man in question didn’t have it…

Since then, there have been claims and counterclaim galore about just what went on, and whether the Apple security team claimed to be members of the police force or not. It’s all a little murky from here on in, but suffice it to say, the case isn’t going away just yet.

Now, Apple’s Vice President of Global Security, Joh Theriault, has retired from Apple, according to 9to5Mac. The report has been confirmed by AllThingsD.

Apple is notoriously secretive when it comes to its prototypes, and losing two in 18 months is a huge embarrassment.

The lost iPhone 4S prototype was never found, just to add insult to injury.

  • Oliver Haslam: You have a small typo in this article.
    ”…Apple allegedly lost yet another iPhon prototype recently.’
    Shouldn’t It be ‘iPhone’ ?

  • Wojciech Zaremba

    Probably that guy didn’t even notice it was an iPhone 4S 😛

  • Anonymous

    lol more than one typo, does your keyboard need new batteries 😛

  • There really isn’t enough evidence to come to the conclusion he retired because of the “lost 4S prototype” He retired, yes, why? We can’t say. Neither this article nor the 9to5Mac article explicitly places a link between the two events beyond the title, and the AllThingsD article only makes a vague mention of a “source close to Apple” to place a connection between the two (but no references as to who these sources were was mentioned) Speculation is fine in reporting, but it should come with a question not a statement. For example, “Did the Apple Chief of Security retire due to lost 4S prototype?” Plus given that we know next to nothing about the lost 4S prototype this is a realllll stretch.

    Hope the facts come out. Can’t believe this happened to Apple TWICE. Lmao.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently Apple were disguising the 4S in iPhone 4 form factors :p

  • So he retired still getting all his pension? Sounds like he got lucky and apple was kind to him!

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  • Anonymous

    Sebastien, don’t know if the problem has already been adressed, but comments were duplicating, at least yesterday, as far as I know. Just telling you, great job on improving the blog.

    • Can you please tell me where you saw duplicate comments? When you see this, please email me the link of the post so I can look at it. Thanks

      • Michael Edens

        I doubt its connected. I bet Apple got $100,000 of FREE marketing in the news as planned and the guy retired as he was going to anyways. Not really connected. What a brilliant way to advertise for free in every news outlet by just saying “we’re missing a prototype of the worlds next best phone”