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  • iPad Hype Prompts Strict Privacy, Security Measures



    If you've read anything this week about the impending iPad arrival, you might think that the security and privacy measures Apple is taking ahead of Saturday's tablet launch are somewhat... dramatic. With reports of everything from Apple employee gag orders to (unconfirmed reports of) beefed-up security measures at Apple's retail outlets, it almost appears that Cupertino is bracing for riot-like conditions on Saturday.

    While the media is beautifully playing into Apple's insatiable appetite for high-drama, the iPad launch closely mirrors similar Apple product rollouts in past years. Several news outlets, in fact, are making a big deal out of the fact that they can't find an Apple Store employee who has already had an opportunity to test out the iPad. As usual, Apple employees are universally kept in the dark - including team members who may have to promptly troubleshoot a device they have never before touched. But this is standard operating procedure for this company, an organization that loves secrecy every bit as much as it loves technology.

    While Apple hasn't publicly commented on the bulking up of security measures at retail outlets across the US, there have been concerns that some individuals might try to illegally obtain the iPad hours before it officially goes on sale. Of course, given the way these rumored security measures have been covered, you would think that Apple is anticipating angry mobs to break through the doors and windows of their stores Friday night because they simply can't wait until Saturday morning to touch the Holy Grail.

    Then again, if you're among the aforementioned "mob," don't bother going to great lengths Friday to intercept any large shipments inbound to an Apple store. Once again, Apple is believed to be sending out "dummy freight" as decoys - a move the company similarly made ahead of the iPhone's initial sales debut three years ago.

    Yes, it will be a glorious occasion when Saturday finally arrives. But it may be even more glorious when Saturday is finally over.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad Hype Prompts Strict Privacy, Security Measures started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by poseidon79 View Post
      12 posts deleted! Stop bickering and stay on topic please.
      thank you man, one love.
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      12 posts deleted! Stop bickering and stay on topic please.

      Awesome. Well done.
    1. elbodude's Avatar
      elbodude -
      Just drove past Infinite Loop in Cupertino this morning, and it was eerily quiet.
    1. macman1745's Avatar
      macman1745 -
      they guy that says hes got a wifi+3G on the way look at what he has there is says wifi not wifi+3G he must of order the wrong one hes not getting a wifi+3G not till april 24
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      typical applefan boy


      LOL!!!

      yea yea I know.... I just hate not so smart ppl
      Quote Originally Posted by Vathgol View Post
      i dont HATE APPLE... I HATE their greed ways... I love my iphone however I didnt get it at launch and over pay either...

      ppl call it profit... but we all know its greed.. profit is totally different than just 1000times mark up
      I think all you hate is grammar and spelling.

      EDIT FOR RELEVANCE:

      Not yet shipped:
      IPAD WI-FI + 3G 32GB-USA
      MC496LL/A
      $729.00
      Ships: Late April

      IPAD CASE-ZML
      MC361ZM/A
      $39.00
      Gift message:
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      Ships: By April 3RD

      Shipped
      Shipped on: Mar 31, 2010 via UPS | Print invoice
      IPAD WI-FI 16GB-USA
      MB292LL/A
      $499.00

      SubTotal: $1,267.00
      Tax: $88.69
      Shipping Charge: $0.00
      Total: $1,355.69

    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NessLookAlike View Post
      This is a website about Apple product-related news and you're seriously trying to troll? The selling point for the iPad is its large screen for reading books (I'm going to try to work it so that I never have to buy an over-priced college textbook again.. go eBooks!),
      who the hell told you textbooks would get cheaper? your reading of college text books suggests you may be a moderately smart fellow...yet you give off the impression that you believed the reason college textbooks cost a lot is because...of the paper they're printed on?

      dude...think about that. epic failure. text books on ipads or e-readers will cost only marginally lower...because it's not the physical printing that drives the cost.

      Might I suggest Econ 101 as your first e-book purchase?

      lastly, you've probably never used a real e-reader before like the Kindle. You'll soon find out that reading books on a back-lit display is not going to be an enjoyable experience...and constitutes the reason why eInk is so popular.

      oh and:

      Reserved Item(s)
      1

      iPad with Wi-Fi 32GB

      $599
      1

      iPad with Wi-Fi 16GB

      $499

      so save your whining. I'm in for 2. But not for what you seem to think is the reason to buy.
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      who the hell told you textbooks would get cheaper? your reading of college text books suggests you may be a moderately smart fellow...yet you give off the impression that you believed the reason college textbooks cost a lot is because...of the paper they're printed on?

      dude...think about that. epic failure. text books on ipads or e-readers will cost only marginally lower...because it's not the physical printing that drives the cost.

      Might I suggest Econ 101 as your first e-book purchase?

      lastly, you've probably never used a real e-reader before like the Kindle. You'll soon find out that reading books on a back-lit display is not going to be an enjoyable experience...and constitutes the reason why eInk is so popular.
      You're clever, and I like that, so I'll explain myself:

      I know it will generally be cheaper for me because a lot of the textbooks I need during college (for both of my majors, even!) are popular enough that most are located online for free in the usual places, as eBooks. Free. It really doesn't get much cheaper. Every course I've had this semester (and all the courses I've had in the previous semesters) I've found the textbooks for as eBooks. So yes, much cheaper, in general. The iPad will untether me from having to find a vacant PC to load up the PDF's on.

      EDIT: If at all possible, I'd like the iPad to allow me to write small notes in the margins of my PDF's/eBooks, but I can only dream.. Without a notes application (that I've heard of?) on the iPad I'm not sure what I'm going to use my same stylus from my old Touch for.. I was really hoping to take good notes with it.

      As for readability.. well, lets hope for the best. I guess if the screen is really horrible, I can always just use the iPad for reading my textbooks temporarily and always relocate to my better personal PC screen otherwise.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      12 posts deleted! Stop bickering and stay on topic please.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      The cheapest way to get textbooks are half.com! Just make sure you get the correct edition.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiger92 View Post
      The cheapest way to get textbooks are half.com! Just make sure you get the correct edition.
      actually, that's not the cheapest way. but carry on.
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      actually, that's not the cheapest way. but carry on.
      Hm, yes, agreed, hm.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      The cheapest way other than free. I also use chegg to rent books that I won't need to keep. Or you could get them illegally online......
    1. victis's Avatar
      victis -
      Th1$ 1$ @n @pr1l F00l$ j0ke