Following the alleged loss of a second iPhone prototype last week, Apple has posted two new job openings intended to tighten security for unreleased products.
Unearthed by PC Magazine, Apple has is seeking candidates for a newly created position of ‘Manager, New Product Security’, which involves “overseeing the protection of, and managing risks to, Apple’s unreleased products and related intellectual property”.
Although the iPhone 5 prototype, supposedly lost at San Francisco bar, was initially thought to be a hoax, the city’s police department later confirmed they has escorted an Apple security team to a household where the device is suspected to have been taken.
"Four SFPD Officers accompanied Apple employees to the Anderson street home. The two Apple employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item," the police department said in a statement.
"The Apple employees did not find the lost item and left the house. The Apple employees did not want to make an official report of the lost item."
Hoax or not, the incident seem to have shaken Cupertino enough to create specialised positions to prevent this from happening again. Why it took the company this long, with all the hoopla that ensued the first time around, is baffling to say the least.
The release date of the hotly awaited fifth-generation iPhone still eludes us. However, rumours have been doing the rounds lately that it’s now likely to be launched in October.