An Apple iPad developer spills the beans on Apple's security methods

An Apple iPad developer spills the beans on Apple's security methods
A developer who was given a pre-release version of the Apple iPad (he claims to have been the sixth person to receive one of Apple's tablets), detailed to Business Insider how Apple kept a close track of the tablet. Apple gave him criteria for the use of the iPad including having him use the device in a windowless room with new locks.

Four developers were allowed in the room and Apple took down all their names and social security numbers. The Cupertino based firm then drilled a hole in a table in the room and secured the tablet to it using bicycle chains. Custom built frames were used to disguise the appearance of the iPad and Apple even took pictures of the wood grain in the table. Why? This way if a picture leaked, Apple might be able to trace it back to the four developers.

When working on the app, the four were allowed to plug into the device to code to it, and they could also play around with the touchscreen, but they could not see the form factor of the tablet. As far as spreading the word about the Apple iPad, the developer was told that he could not talk about the project with anyone including the CEO of his company and his wife.

A blurry picture of a disguised Apple iPad

A blurry picture of a disguised Apple iPad

After the introduction of the Apple iPad on January 27, 2010, those working on tablets with prototype hardware had to have the device locked up by Apple every night. Even as late as the day before its launch, some Apple employees noted that they had never seen the product.

Apple's fondness for secrecy is well known. Current employees working on secret projects have to pass through a maze of doors, constantly swiping their security badge and entering a numeric code. Projects deemed secret must be covered with a black cloak when they are not being worked on and when the cloak is off, a red-warning light goes on so that everyone knows "to be extra-careful".

As we reported, Apple currently is seeking to add two members to its security team after an Apple iPhone prototype was allegedly lost in a bar for the second consecutive year.

source: BusinessInsider via AppleInsider

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69 Comments

1. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

This article made me laugh. Apple certainly thinks highly of themselves, don't they? It sounds like some freemason ritual LOL

22. G-Reg unregistered

Definitly worth a giggle or two. Its almost like they are protecting alien tech that is makeing there device superior. For the slow ones (gemini) that was a joke. Apple effectivly creates there own reality. By believing they have been given a gift from the gods(jobs), and marketing it and protecting it as such has created a tumble effect to the masses. I just see the sheep bleeting now."WOW, It has to be AMAZING! and full of inovations to be THIS protected"

52. ogre150

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

It sounds like that movie Antitrust with Ryan Phillipe, Tim Robbins, and Rachel Leigh Cook. Where they were killing off some of the people that worked at Robbins' software company and even some homebrew programmers and then stealing there ideas. Cuz Tim Robbins is Steve Jobs and Ryan Phillipe is Andy Rubin and they are trying to steal all of Phillipe/Rubin's ideas(Android) and make some super special software(iOS). Yeah that's Apple n Google right there. iOS stealing from Android. Flame On!

2. Blueberry

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 14, 2011

Disgusting s**t...

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't think the Manhattan project had security that tight. *waits to see how many people ask what the Manhattan project is*

29. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Lol ipad>abomb

30. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

In this day and age it wouldn't surprise me that few really know what the manhattan project was.

45. aldridhl

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

heh anyone who paid attention in high school history would

67. Prime101 unregistered

I heard that Apple bought Fluffy [The Three-headed dogs from harry potter 1] to guard the entrance of the room where the Iphone 5 was developed.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Reading this thread makes me laugh also. It's not like the ipad was a secret Military weapon of some sort... Apple = bunch of jokers..

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

A respectable cell phone website like Phone Arena knows that if it is about Apple, not only would it be of interest among the forum..... but will fueled the phone war that has been to the max, but will soon end once the iphone5 is released leaving android and the crappy nexus.... in the dust... Ps.. it also has two rottweilers guarding the entrance to the room in case some of Sammy's goons would want to take notes

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So what excuse will you pull for being an elitist douche this time, Gallito?

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no worrys sniggs, he is still pretending to be an elitist douche. he still doesnt have an iphone. As taco would probably say, hes too poor to get one.. lol

34. AndroidtopsApple

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Gallitoking, every time I see a post by you, it makes me wanna throw up. Crappy Nexus? you know the first Nexus and every Nexus coming out will be better than your iphone

55. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

@AndroidtopsApple..is not me that makes you throw up... is the cheap liquor you drink... and if i am .. what kind of loser are you that throws up by just reading.....I know important people... and none own a nexus... most of them own iphones.. so tell me of 5 important people that own nexus............................exactly

61. PGSMan unregistered

"I know important people... and none own a nexus... most of them own iphones.. so tell me of 5 important people that own nexus". So a device is only great if important people use it? No offense, bud, but if you think like that perhaps you'd be more interested reading vogue or vanity fair. And I'm not here to bash the iphone. Honestly, it's a great device, I just like android better.

63. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

why is it a every loser always apply something.. to everything..dude i am only talking about.. listen.. cellphones.. dont apply this to your everyday life... if you want advise for you life .... for that i do charge...

6. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I can explain this to the fandroids. By Apple keeping the iPhone and then the iPad secret it gave them a huge competitive advantage which = more money. Also Apple creates a lot of hype around their products because of their secrecy which = more money.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

How condescending of you, which is ironic because I think everyone here KNOWS THAT ALREADY. Also, because you have yet to understand several concepts despite them being explained to you dozens of times by multiple people.

9. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

Jeez....

11. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

taco, you have to draw it in force close errors for sniggly to understand.

13. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Recognize this? [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] ___ o ___ Com'on, if you're a loyal ios user, I know you've seen it a million times by now. It's the iOS version of "Force Close"! Lol!

15. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Hmm, i have never used IOS, but i dod not even know IOS had a force close . Does it really look like that ?

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

iOS crashes as much as android USED to. iFans just like to pretend it doesnt.

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yes exactly right unless you've actually used both or have read a review and then it's exactly the opposite. But facts don't matter to you.

28. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

I am going to call BS on you please tell me what android device have own. Not just play with for 5 min. I own an ipod 4G and yes they do force close they just don't tell you. It just send you to the home screen

35. AppleDev unregistered

Fud. Nuff Said

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You've never used iOS and yet you bash it. That would make you ignorant.

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Note how Taco never actually denies that Whateverman is speaking the truth; he simply ignores him. :)

31. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I noticed. :)

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