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對於Apple來說,任何原型機都是最機密的,特別是尚未發表的全新產品,更是攸關著Apple的命運。雖然iPhone的原型機似乎已經被Apple員工搞丟了兩(?)次,不過最驚險的一回,似乎是在初代iPhone於2007年MacWorld發表之前,由Steve Jobs本人親自搞出來的。

 根據BI,由Apple前員工所敘述的故事……

We had a problem with the WiFi on an early build of the iPhone. Steve had this house that was just a no man’s land for WiFi, with thick walls. It finally got to the point where we were fried and panicky because MacWorld was coming up, so we decided to go and debug at Steve’s house.

When we got there, Steve was sitting in his car in the driveway rocking out to some really loud music. The car was off, he was just listening. When we he saw us, he turned off the music, popped out of the car, and said, “Hey guys!” We went into his house and started debugging the problem. Then all of the sudden, this crazy ass medieval buzzer starts going off and startles us, and even startled Steve. He quickly figured out it was coming from the pedestrian gate on the other side of his house.

Up walks the happiest FedEx guy you have ever seen, coming up to the door. It’s not Steve’s normal guy, which is why he was surprised. So Steve goes out to meet him because he has to sign for this package, but he’s got the iPhone in one of his hands. Steve just walks out casually, drops the phone behind his back, signs the package, and the FedEx dude marches off.

Now you have to understand, when we carried the phones to his house, we carried them in these Pelican lock boxes. These phones were never to leave Apple’s campus, and Steve just casually throws it behind his back. That was the first time I saw someone casually come close to seeing the iPhone before it was announced, and he didn’t even know it. If the FedEx guy had just tilted his head, he would have seen it.

我們在iPhone早期版本的Wi-Fi功能上有些問題。Steve的房子有著厚實的牆壁,讓整間房子就像是Wi-Fi訊號的無人荒島一樣。這問題最後讓我們無比恐慌,因為到了MacWorld就快要開始了,於是我們決定直接到Steve的家裡現場解決這問題。

當我們到了Steve家,他正坐在他停在路邊的車上,放著非常大聲的音樂。車子並沒有啟動,他只是在聽音樂而已。當他看到我們之後,他關掉了音樂,跳出了車外,並說:「嘿!各位。」隨後我們進了他的房子,並開始解決問題。

然後,在突然之間,一個復古的鈴聲讓我們嚇了一跳,連Steve也被嚇到了。不過他很快地想到,那聲音是從他房子另一側的大門傳來的。

走到門前的,是你從未見過、看起來最歡樂的一位FedEx送貨員。這不是平常送貨到Steve家的送貨員,因此這傢伙也很驚訝。總之,由於Steve要簽收這個包裹,於是他出門去見那位送貨員。不過,他的手上還拿著iPhone。

Steve就這樣隨意地走個出去,把iPhone藏在他的背後,簽收了那個包裹,然後FedEx的老兄就這樣走掉了。

要明白的是,當我們帶著iPhone到他家的時候,iPhone是放在帶鎖的箱子裡。這些iPhone從來都沒有離開過Apple園區,而Steve就那樣隨意地把手機放在背後。那是我在正式發表前,第一次看到有其他人如此接近iPhone,而他甚至還不知道。如果那個FedEx的傢伙稍微歪歪頭,他就能看到了。

via How Steve Jobs Almost Leaked The Original iPhone’s Existence – Business Insider