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It’s a sadly familiar tale: An Apple engineer walks into a bar and leaves his iPhone prototype behind, where it’s scooped up by persons unknown. That sounds familiar to anyone who survived last year’s lost iPhone 4 scandal, but history has repeated itself this year in the very same way.
PC Magazine is reporting that Apple has posted two new job listings on Thursday in search of “New Product Security Managers” in the wake of last week’s lost iPhone 5 prototype, a drama worthy of daytime television if it weren’t a direct sequel to the same saga last year.
"The candidate will be responsible for overseeing the protection of, and managing risks to, Apple's unreleased products and related intellectual property," reads the job description, although there is little detail about how these so-called “New Product Security Managers” might accomplish this task.
Cupertino is seeking “applicants with a track record in problem solving and, go figure, people who regularly achieve their goals in a large business environment” according to the report, with the assumption being that goal will be not to lose an iPhone 6 someday.
“The two positions will both reside at Apple HQ in Cupertino, California, but will require up to 30 percent travel both domestic and abroad,” the report continues. “They'll be responsible for maintaining the plans and procedures set forth by Apple's director of global security, former NSA vulnerability analyst and author David Rice, but will also be required to contribute to new security strategies themselves.”
While we all know what happened to the lost iPhone 4 prototype from last year, the saga of the lost iPhone 5 prototype is very much still a work in progress -- the device has not been seen since it vanished from a San Francisco bar in late July. With Apple’s fall media event sure to be announced any day now, the clock is certainly ticking for the miscreants who found the device to make their move.
Meanwhile, newly appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook might want to ban his engineers from taking iPhone prototypes into bars -- or maybe get them into some Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. We’re just sayin’…
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