updated 11:35 am EDT, Thu April 1, 2010
Echoes iPhone practices
iPad shipments have moved beyond US Customs and UPS' main Louisville hub, but are still under tight security, a follow-up report notes. Tablets are now said to be sitting at or on their way to local hubs, awaiting only the official April 3rd shipping date to be delivered to pre-order customers. Apple is, however, claimed to have hired an unspecified security agency to track UPS shipments during their progress from regional distribution centers to the local ones.
On top of this iPad boxes are believed to be under 24-hour protection by the security agency's guards, who are watching over the packages as they sit in protective cages. The strategy is however not unusual for Apple; the same approach was once used for FedEx shipments of iPhones. When AT&T stores received iPhones a day early, the same agency protecting iPad deliveries is said to have made guards sleep at the outlets overnight.