Apple blocking public access to iPad shipping records and import information

“Apple is currently preventing access to bills of lading and other import information related to the iPad, a US data protection company claims,” MacNN reports. “Trade Privacy notes that such information is usually available through the Freedom of Information Act; Apple is, in fact, said to be the only major electronics company imposing such secrecy.”

“The firm argues that denial of public access is a means of countering business intelligence groups like Panjiva and ImportGenius,” MacNN reports. “Such outfits collect data from US Customs, then produce research documents that can be sold to a company’s rivals. This makes it possible to learn which products are being made, how many units are being produced and when they might arrive in North America.”

MacNN reports, “For Apple the secrecy may also be a way of preserving the “surprise” factor it counts on for product launches.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: iPad will be available in late March worldwide for US$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. International pricing and worldwide availability will be announced at a later date.

26 Comments

  1. I don’t understand why people think they should be entitled to this kind of information. Especially when they wanna use it to make money. They cry freedom of information to turn a profit. Nice.

  2. Let’s find out when the first 16 wheeler leaves the Port Authority with a load of iPads so we can hijack the shipment and be the first kids on the block have one free.

    What? Apple’s blocking the information?

    Those bastards.

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