Apple wants its phone back.
Tech blog Gizmodo - which posted video of a phone it says is the prototype of the latest iPhone - received a letter from Apple Inc. on Monday that it says erases any doubt the phone is the real deal.
"It has come to our attention that GIZMODO is currently in possession of a device that belongs to Apple," the short letter from Apple's lawyer to the blog begins.
"This letter constitutes a formal request that you return the device to Apple. Please let me know where to pick up the unit."
Gizmodo, which put up the letter, says it has complied.
"Just so you know, we didn't know this was stolen when we bought it," wrote Brian Lam, the site's editorial director, in his response. " Now that we definitely know it's not some knockoff, and it really is Apple's, I'm happy to see it returned to its rightful owner.
"P.S. I hope you take it easy on the kid who lost it. I don't think he loves anything more than Apple except, well, beer."
Photos of the fourth-generation iPhone prototype first appeared on the tech blog Engadget over the weekend. The site said whoever sent the photos found the phone on the floor of a bar in San Jose, California.
On Monday, Gizmodo said it had obtained the device - but wouldn't say how.