Posted 21 April 2010 - 06:41 PM
I agree this is a publicity stunt.
It is all just to unlikely; someone forgetting a priceless prototype in the bar is hard to imagine. An apple employee doing this is even less probable.
Also, why did apple take so long to get the phone back? For a company so concerned with secrecy, I would have expected them to get the prototype back as soon as GIZMODO started bragging 'lolololol look wat we found guise'. Speaking of GIZMODE; why show us the disassembled phone, but not the pictures of the 'connecting to itunes' screen? Come to think of it, this makes the story more credible. Who cares about the noise cancellation mike, and the squarer case? Software and apps are way more interesting. If I would have devised this campaign, I would have let GIZMODO make a big thing about the wonderful new IPHONE4 OS. That matters more to the consumer than the apple logo moving 2 um.
So yeah, my gut says viral, but the facts are inconclusive. Still, it is Apple, so I don't really care.