‘Top secret iPod’ made at Apple office that even Steve Jobs didn’t know


A former engineer at Apple named David Shayer has shared an interesting story about making a custom iPod for the US government that only four people knew about in Apple. The entire project was a ‘top secret’ and even Steve Jobs had no clue about it. Shayer in his story ‘The Case of the Top Secret iPod’ on TidBits shared that this project started in late 2005 and two engineers from the US Department of Energy were also a part of this.
“Only four people at Apple knew about this secret project. Me (Shayer), the director of iPod Software, the vice president of the iPod Division, and the senior vice president of Hardware. There was no paper trail. All communication was in person,” mentioned Shayer.
The top secret iPod had to function like any other iPod out there. It even had to look the same and shouldn’t do anything visibly different. But then these secret iPods had some custom capabilities that no one knows and it’s a mystery to be solved till now.
“They had added special hardware to the iPod, which generated data they wanted to record secretly. They were careful to make sure I never saw the hardware, and I never did,” he said.
Shayer said that even he had no clue about what this secret iPod actually does. In his story he guessed that the secret iPod were “something like a stealth Geiger counter” and may be used to detect radioactivity.
So, why would anyone want to build a Geiger counter inside an iPod?
“You could walk around a city, casually listening to your tunes, while recording evidence of radioactivity—scanning for smuggled or stolen uranium, for instance, or evidence of a dirty bomb development program—with no chance that the press or public would get wind of what was happening,” he explained.
He ends this interesting story by saying that this project doesn’t exist for Apple. There are no records and if you ever happen to ask Apple about it, their spokesperson would stick to a “No comments” as a standard answer.



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