Apple Keeps Chastity Belt Like Security On Pre-Release Hardware

  • September 10, 2011 1:17 pm

We all know how secretive Apple can get about everything that is Apple. During the interview process I have had (on multiple occasions) I have heard first hand just the security measures that go on in their campus headquarters in Cupertino. We have seen over the past 4 years what goes into their hardware’s secret identity before release date. After the iPhone 4 ‘lost prototype’ debacle last year, Apple took matters into their own hands with the mobsters sent to locate the “iPhone 5″ lost at yet another bar.

With well over a year since the release of the very first iPad, those that were given the hardware before release are finally aloud to speak to what it’s like. And that is just what a certain developer of a very successful iPad app did a couple days ago. The team over at Business Insider release their conversation with with the developer and it actually sounds pretty interesting the lengths Apple will go to prevent leaks.

Jump on in for the converstaion…

Now that it’s over a year, I can talk about it.

I was probably the sixth person to get an iPad.
We got two of them flown out.

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. She was like, “You’re going to get fired if this doesn’t work.”

I hadn’t thought about that but she was probably right.

Luckily, it worked out very well.

Source: Business Insider



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