Things come and go very quickly here on the blogosphere, so when Gizmodo got a hold of what appears to be the next iteration of the iPhone, it was only a matter of time before a cease and desist letter, or a request to return what wasn't rightfully theirs, appeared.
Yesterday, as I'm sure just about everyone knows, Gizmodo revealed that they acquired what could only be described as a prototype of the next generation iPhone. They completely dissected the device to reveal details that Apple fans everywhere were surely dying to know. In the subsequent hours, they also began to reveal the story of how the device was lost in the first place, the individual (an Apple employee) who left Apple's precious cargo in a California bar, and that it was weeks later before they got their hands on the device.
The story was interesting, and rather dramatic. Today, it has come to light that the Editor of Gizmodo, Brian Lam, has received a formal letter from Apple's Senior VP & General Counsel, Bruce Sewell, requesting the prototype back:
Dear Mr. Lam,
It has come to our attention that Gizmodo is currently in possession of a device that belongs to Apple. This letter constitutes a formal request that you return the device to Apple. Please let me know where to pick up the unit.
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
According to Lam, the letter came after a phone call requesting the return of the device. Lam claims that he told Apple all they needed to do to get the phone back was to claim it on the record. The letter above appears to be that very claim, and the final piece to the puzzle, according to Lam, that proves the device they had was the real deal.