updated 12:40 pm EDT, Thu April 22, 2010
Detail emerges following next-gen iPhone scandal
Apple CEO Steve Jobs personally monitors the list of workers allowed to take prototype devices off-campus, according to a former employee. The person adds that anyone approved for the list must also sign an extra confidentiality agreement, above and beyond the one an Apple worker might normally be expected to obey. If accurate, the claim suggests an unusually deep level of involvement for Jobs when it comes to security.
The revelation follows the exposure of a next-generation iPhone prototype, accidentally left behind at a California bar. Apple was forced to acknowledge its legitimacy in order to have it returned. Apple has little choice but to take such devices out in public, since the iPhone's communications technology must be tested against real-world conditions. It is thought, however, that the company may tighten its security even further after the latest incident, which could deflate some of the surprise Apple hopes to orchestrate for this summer.