By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
April 22, 2010

The tale of the lost prototype is now a late-night comedy joke — and not a very funny one

David Letterman, with great reluctance, used the story of Apple’s (AAPL) misplaced iPhone as fodder for his top 10 list Wednesday night.

“Frankly I’m a little sick — fed up — with the Apple people,” he begins. “Because, first of all, nobody’s got any money. And second of all, would we need it on a thing that makes our life easier?”

Letterman briefly summarizes the story, which dominated the tech press in the early part of the week (see here), and then offers the excuses.

But not before letting his audience know how he feels about the whole thing:

“This comes under the category for me of ‘who cares?'”

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