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Al Gore Forgets to Keep Top Secret iPhone 5 Info in a Lockbox

In a speech on Wednesday, former Vice President — and current Apple board member — Al Gore reportedly confirmed that there will be new iPhones next month.

The Next Web, which wrote about the speech, takes that to mean multiple models. However, even if there is only one model out, that would still be new iPhones next month in my book.

Of course, the October arrival is hardly shocking. (AllThingsD has been saying that for months and reported earlier today that Apple will have its launch event on Oct. 4). However, Apple employees and directors (even those who are a heartbeat away from the presidency) are generally expected to keep their mouths shut until any official announcement is made.

Or, to put it another way, Al, you are supposed to put all of that Apple information in a lockbox.

Then again, it’s not like he left another prototype in a bar.


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— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald