Part of the enchantment of Apple is its ability to surprise everyone with its products. The company’s extreme privacy has sparked up many groups dedicated to tearing down Apple’s erected walls, shattering their frosted windows, and breaking the chains holding their work-in-process products to desks. Groups like 9to5mac have deemed themselves “Apple Intelligence” by dedicating their work to busting Apple myths, analyzing their success, and discovering new products secured within company walls. Nevertheless, Apple has still been able to maintain their surprise factor as they have implemented high security measures to prevent product leaks. Here are some of their most extreme security measures that will shock you:
- Kim Scheinberg wrote on Quora her experience with Apple’s security as her husband served as a former manager and director at Apple. In 2001, her husband, John Kullman, was working on independent projects for Apple from their home in California. After successfully hacking a few PCs and a Sony Vaio notebook to run Apple software, Kullman was sworn to not tell anyone of his projects, even his own wife. When Kullman revealed that Scheinberg had already known about his work, she was told to forget everything she knew and their house was later reconfigured to meet Apple’s security standards.
- To keep the iPad a secret before its announcement, Apple required developers to take drastic precautionary measures. According to one of the original iPad app developers, Apple required them to work in a room with no windows and updated door locks. Of all the four developers that were allowed access to the room, Apple required having their social security numbers on file. The iPad, concealed with a custom frame so that its look would not be revealed, was also chained to the desk with bicycle cables. An image of the desk’s wood grain that the device was fastened on was recorded in order to trace potential leaks back to its original location.
- Apple’s manufacturing site in the south China city of Longhua has security measures implemented to check all employees. In addition to requiring all workers swipe their cards to gain access to the building, guards also have to use a fingerprint recognition scanner to confirm the person’s identity. Before leaving, metal detectors are used to search employees of any metal objects. If anything metal is found being removed from the manufacturing site, the police are immediately called.
- For Apple, erecting new walls to their building randomly is something of the norm. According to the book, Inside Apple, “Apple employees know something big is afoot when the carpenters appear in their office building.” When these lockdown rooms are created, walls with no windows appear, transparent windows are now frosted, and “no information goes in or out without a reason.”
- In order to ensure Apple is the only one that knows everything, multiple firms are used for supplying parts for products. Contract manufacturers are given different products so that it can be clear where leaks derive from, if they do arise.