Apple blocks iPad shipment info, report says

February 20, 2010

ipadpicApple is apparently leaving nothing to chance when it comes to protecting information about its soon-to-be-released iPad tablet computer.

According to a new report by Trade Privacy LLC, a trade data protection company, Apple has blocked all of its ocean freight import records from public view as the company prepares for the much bally-hooed launch of the iPad.  Apple’s trade data is inaccessible from U.S. Customs, the group said.

“As the arrival of Apple’s new iPad approaches, industry competitors as well as the media will be unable to acquire early intelligence on arriving Apple products from overseas manufacturers,” Trade Privacy said in a press release.

In 2008, Web site Import Genius monitored Apple’s import shipments and managed to predict the arrival of the iPhone. But that apparently won’t work with the iPad.  Although the company has yet to announce a formal launch date, the iPad is expected to go on sale at the end of March at the earliest.

Trade Privacy praised Apple — a company that has set the gold standard for corporate secrecy — for its moves to block access to its shipping records. It warned that companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung and Sony continue to import  “unprotected, exposing their import records … to customers and competitors.”

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