According to a report by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, select developers have been given access to Apple’s iPad well ahead of its April 3, 2010 launch. This allows those developers to build and test their apps on the iPad rather than using the simulator in the SDK. While there is nothing wrong with the SDK, real world tests are always going to reveal more information than simulated ones.
However, these developers were not given the iPad to use in public, quite the opposite actually.
First, the chosen developers must sign a 10-page confidentiality agreement that ensures that they utilize various security measures to prevent any hardware leaks.
Second, the iPad and the developer are isolated in a room with blacked-out windows and generally no view from the outside world. This comes from four people familiar with the 10-page agreement.
Third, the iPad must be tethered to a fixed object to prevent removal of the device from the darkened room.
If you are familiar with Apple’s inner-company security measures, then the above iPad security measures should be no surprise but it is rather amusing to visually imagine what this dark room, no windows, and bolted down iPad work area must look like.
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