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Apple hires security agency to track, guard iPad shipments

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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    really a threat? Or PR embellishment...?

    Either way, wow!

    How's about we secure food aid shipments in countries where they're being pilfered by militias and such.


  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPads are more valuable than

    GOLD. I hope they hired Brinks. All security guards need to be equipped with assault rifles.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Glad they are doing this...

    Although I didn't order an iPad (yet), I'm glad they are doing this for those of you that did. My original order for a MB Air (when they were first introduced) never made it past LAX. It mysteriously disappeared and was such a hassle to wait a few days to make sure it was missing, get a refund and reorder.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where the heck is my iPad

    I ordered it on March 12th, how long does it take to ship a 1lb. computer????

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