Wild tales surround early iPad test units

19 Mar 2010

Apple’s iPad tablet computer doesn’t come out until April, but that hasn’t stopped the release of wild tales about the restrictions imposed on developers who have received test units.

Rumour has it that developers who will be able to test their apps on the iPad have been required to sign a 10-page confidentiality agreement that includes requirements to prevent unauthorised access to or removal of the iPad in their possession.

The requirements reportedly include keeping the iPad isolated in a room with blacked-out windows and continuously tethered to a fixed object. Another piece of gossip reports that Apple won’t send out a test unit until the developers supply the company with photographic evidence of compliance.

Photo: The Apple iPad tablet computer