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Apple’s measures to keep its unreleased products safe from the outside world

September 10, 2011  |  iPad News  |  Share

iPad security in Apple campus

We have seen how Apple maintains all secrets about its unreleased products. We have seen during the iPhone 4 launch how Apple sued a blog and a kid for playing around with the then not announced iPhone 4. And recently, we saw how Apple’s internal security team went up to the house of a 22 year old man and posed as the police and threatened the family to get back the iPhone 5 prototype that was lost in a tequila bar in San Francisco.

Apple is very strong on this and it takes great measures so that the public doesn’t know what Apple is dong until Apple has actually done it. Now, how would you like to know a real story about how Apple protected the iPad during its development cycle? The following story is from an interview with an unnamed developer of a very “successful” iPad app that got his hands on an original iPad before the product’s launch. The developer was apparently high up on the food chain, and he and his team got a firsthand look at how Apple kept the device under security. This was first published by Business Insider.

“The criteria was that we had to have a room with no windows. They changed the locks on the door.

Three developers and I were the only people allowed to go in the room. Apple needed the names and social security numbers of the people who had access.

Apple needed to be able to drill a hole in the desk and chain the devices to desk. They used those bicycle cables.

They had these custom frames built around them so we couldn’t even tell what the iPads looked like. We could plug into them so we could code to them and we could touch the screen and play with that, but we couldn’t see the form factor.

Then they took pictures of the wood grain. If any pictures leaked out, they could trace it back to which desk they came from.

I wasn’t allowed to tell our CEO. I wasn’t allowed to tell anybody anything about what we were doing. I couldn’t even tell my wife.”


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