Court Sentences Men Accused of Selling iPhone 4 Prototype to Gizmodo

By Sébastien Page on Oct 12, 2011

It looks like the iPhone 4 debacle is getting one step closer to its end, as Brian Hogan, the man who found the iPhone 4 prototype last year, and Sage Wallower, the man who helped Hogan pitch the sale of the device to tech blogs, have been sentenced by the court.

The two were sentenced to one year of probation, 40 hours of public service, and a requirement to pay $250 each in restitution to Apple… Read More


Pictures of a Cheaper iPhone Based on the iPhone 4 Surface, Two iPhones Coming Tuesday After All

By Alex Heath on Oct 1, 2011

Gizmodo has done it again. The same site that got its hands on the iPhone 4 before it was released has also procured images of what is assumedly a new iPhone to be announced on Tuesday.

The device, codenamed ‘N90A’, is not the iPhone 4S (codenamed ‘N94). That device is still coming, but this photo is of the cheaper 8GB iPhone 4 that will be launched next week, too. Read More


Should Apple Sue Gawker Media for Gizmodo Story?

By Cody Lee on Aug 23, 2011

A few weeks ago, we told you that the infamous iPhone 4 prototype case was coming to an end. The two guys that took part in snagging the lost device, and eventually sold it to Gizmodo, are getting their comeuppance.

The two men are facing non-felony charges, with an arraignment set for the end of the week. Although Gizmodo, and their parent company Gawker Media, aren’t involved in the criminal case, the firm has a lot riding on it… Read More


Guy Shows Up to Apple Store With Assault Rifle

By Cody Lee on Aug 11, 2011

Apple Stores have been the source of a few strange stories over the past couple of weeks. First, there was the case of the fake retail locations that starting turning up in China recently.

Then, there was Mark Malkoff, who got away with bringing a live goat into an Apple Store. Now stop me if you’ve heard this next one. A guy walks into an Apple Store with an automatic assault rifle and… Read More


Gizmodo iPhone 4 Case Finally Coming to an End

By Cody Lee on Aug 10, 2011

I think most of you folks will recall the infamous iPhone 4 debacle that occurred last Spring. Months before the device’s official release, an Apple engineer left his test unit at a bar in San Jose, California.

Not only did someone pick it up, but they negotiated a deal to sell the thing to Gizmodo. As serious as Apple is about secrecy, and given Steve Jobs’ passionate temper, a lot of folks figured this kid wouldn’t live through the weekend… Read More


iPhone “Spy Shots” Are Easier to Fake Than You Think

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2011

It’s no secret that posting a purposed “spy shot” of Apple’s upcoming smartphone will bring all of the skeptics out of the woodwork. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the photos have a tendency to be a little on the fake side.

Advances in image-editing software have made producing a realistic-looking “leaked photo” extremely easy. How easy? Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo made the above image in under 10 minutes… Read More


Guy Walks Into a Bar, Finds a White iPhone 4

By Alex Heath on Dec 3, 2010

I’m so sick of white iPhone 4 rumors, yet here I am writing about one. Apparently, another white iPhone 4 has been spotted in public. This time, the mythical device was allegedly spotted at bar (how ironic).

There have been dozens of proposed reasons for the infamous white iPhone 4 delay. The most popular rumor has been that there is an issue with the white paint coating from the production line.

Whatever the reason, the official release has been delayed several times. It was “available” for a short time on the Apple Store before it was pulled. The device has been allegedly caught on tape, and legitimately spotted in public

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A Look at Life Inside Foxconn’s iPhone Factory

By Alex Heath on Nov 3, 2010

Consumers rarely have the opportunity to see what life is like for the people that work in large factories around the world. However, some light has been shed as of late on what life is like behind the smoke stacks of certain industrial giants.

Foxconn, the manufacturer that Apple contracts to make iPhones, has been under the microscope lately over employee suicides. Recently, Gizmodo got an exclusive look at Foxconn’s factory in Shenzhen, China. The article focuses on the living conditions for the 420,000 workers…

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Police Interview Steve Jobs About Stolen iPhone

By Guest Author on Sep 20, 2010

This is one of my favorite conspiracy theories. Back in March, Apple reported that an employee of theirs was drinking in the bar and lost the most recent prototype of what would be the iPhone 4. Talk about a buzz kill. Or was it?

I maintained that Apple purposely dropped the device to generate months of buzz leading up to the phone being released. That’s exactly what ended up happening. Now CNET reports that the police connected to the case have interviewed numerous Apple employees, including Steve JobsRead More


We Are the iPhone of Night Clubs

By Guest Author on Sep 20, 2010

The sign says it all. I love the pun and I love that it is located in San Francisco.


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Steve Jobs is a Ninja?

By Guest Author on Sep 14, 2010

Airports give us our funniest stories. People hauling every piece of garbage they own across the country with them often results in some hilarious revelations. Enter, Steve Jobs.

Gizmodo has a brief from a Bloomberg outlet that says that while Steve Jobs was getting his luggage at Kansai International Airport in Japan this July, security officials were forced to apprehend Jobs momentarily for having ninja throwing stars in his bags. It didn’t stop there… Read More


How to Test Your iPhone Antenna Reception

By Sébastien Page on Sep 8, 2010

Just when you thought we’d forgotten about the whole iPhone antenna issue, an article on Gizmodo shows us how to check our iPhone reception.

This trick will work for any iPhone rocking the new iOS 4.1 firmware. Read More


AppShopper App Helps You Find Deals on iPhone Applications

By Guest Author on Sep 7, 2010

The iPhone App Store has had over 300,000 entries accepted in its short lived history while almost 250,000 are currently available for download. I often find myself asking how I can find an obscure application or when a popular entry might go on sale. Enter AppShopper.

Gizmodo recently reported that the popular website now has a native app for the iPhone that will track when apps go on sale and announce the arrival of recently added entries. Certainly this beats Apple’s featured apps tab and the best part about it is, you guessed it, it’s free… Read More


Screenshots of iOS 4.1 Show HDR Photography & HD Uploading Abilities

By Guest Author on Sep 2, 2010

The release of iOS 4.1 will come next week sometime but Gizmodo has gotten ahold of some screenshots that show off the new operating system’s fanciest feature. As Steve Jobs announced today the new OS will enable high dynamic range photography, otherwise known as HDR.

For those who are unaware of the premise behind HDR, the feature takes multiple images to create a more colorful splash and sensation for the final product. Whether your a highly tuned photographer or just like snapping shots with your iPhone you’ll be able to experience the benefits of having such an ability within your native camera app… Read More


Can Humidity Trigger The iPhone’s Water Sensors?

By Guest Author on Aug 23, 2010

This is quite the contrast to the over-heating problem experienced by some iPhone owners. Gizmodo reports that Asian countries that deal with humidity indexes that average over 95% are suffering voided warranties due to water sensors’ inability to handle the sticky conditions. As if living in 95% humidity wasn’t bad enough in itself.

Apparently message boards have been lighting up to this topic and The South China Morning Post confirms the allegations that the devices suffering from the problem have been chalked up as water damaged. Back in April in the United States a class action lawsuit was filed over the same issue… Read More


USB Spy Stick Allows Access to Deleted Content From Your iPhone

By Guest Author on Aug 18, 2010

Well this sucks. Yesterday iDB reported on comments from the Chicago Police about the usefulness of recovering data from seized iPhones. Now Gizmodo says that a product eerily called the iPhone Spy Stick can access deleted data from your iPhone via USB.

For those asking how on earth a USB device could plug itself into your device, the stick comes with the necessary adapter. Nice eh?

Directly from the Spy Stick’s website is the indicated abilities attached to the $199 priced accessory:


  • Get access to deleted information
  • Download text messages and view calls made
  • Recover deleted contacts and calendar items
  • View pictures and other multimedia
  • Get access to map history to see locations searched on the iPhone’s map with exact GPS coordinates
  • Get access to notes, voice memos, multimedia files, and dynamic text data
  • Downloading data is as simple as attaching the iPhone and iPhone Data Recovery Stick to a computer and pressing start
  • iPhone information is saved on any computer and can be moved to other drives as a regular file
  • Looks like an ordinary USB flash drive

Popular Uses:

  • Catch a cheating spouse
  • Monitor your kids iPhone text messaging and Internet use
  • Check on employees using company issues iPhones
  • Restore deleted files

Before you freak out about your iPhone’s security, it is worth mentioning that the not-so-friendly USB stick is currently only usable on iPhone iOS 3.2.1 and earlier. I’d venture to say this mostly targets those still using the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G. However the October version is said be coming for iOS 4 devices.

Will this stop users from selling their old iPhone when it comes time to upgrade? Please tell us your thoughts in our totally secure comment section.