Technology news website CNET has reported that a new version of Apple's coveted iPhone went astray in a bar in a replay of an embarrassing loss that took place last year.
An Apple employee lost a yet-to-be released iPhone model in a tequila bar in the San Francisco Mission District in July, according to CNET.
Apple electronically tracked the device to a San Francisco home but the resident denied knowing anything about the missing iPhone, which may have been sold for a couple of hundred dollars at online auction house eBay, CNET said.
The report prompted speculation whether the missing iPhone was a next-generation expected to be unveiled by Apple in September or October.
Word of another unreleased iPhone model disappearing in a bar came just weeks after prosecutors decided not to pursue criminal charges against Gizmodo technology bloggers who got hold of a lost iPhone 4 prototype last year.
Criminal charges were filed against a man who purportedly found the iPhone 4 prototype in a bar and another who brokered a deal to sell it to Gizmodo, according to the district attorney's office in San Mateo County, California.
Early last year, Gizmodo published pictures and details of the iPhone prototype after buying it for US$5,000 from a man who claimed to have found it in a beer garden where it was lost by an Apple software engineer.