Actually, Apple Has Always Been Insane About Security For Its New Products

Last week, we told you a tale about the crazy lengths Apple went through to keep the iPad under wraps.

That’s nothing new.

David Gewirtz worked at Mac developer Living Videotext in the 1980s.

He emailed us a story about the security surrounding the release of the Macintosh II.

Up until this time, the Mac was a (if I recall correctly) 512×342 black and white (no gray) self-contained device. I think we were up to the Mac Plus, although it might have been the Mac SE. Steve Jobs had been sent out into the wilderness and John Scully was in charge. Apple had finally decided to make a color machine, which was code-named “Paris” and which would eventually be the Macintosh II. It was a wonderful machine, and probably the closest Apple ever got to the standard PC form-factor. It was beige, boxy, and from an industrial design perspective, completely uninspired. But it ran color Mac software.