日期线NBC关于被盗iPod的报道

所以,不出所料,很多iPod被盗了当Dateline设置隐藏的摄像头并留下看似新的仍在箱子里的iPod放在长椅和其他公共场所时,人们接过他们他们通过在iPod上添加自定义安装程序CD来跟踪它们,后者向Dateline报告了用于向iTunes注册iPod的地址。

Dateline,以及他们采访过的一些iPod被盗的人,认为Apple应该使用这些数据来追踪他们销售的所有1.1亿(和数量)iPod。

Would it be possible for Apple to do something about this? YesEasy or simple? No. (a) It’d be an enormous amount of work for Apple; and (b) how would it not be a privacy nightmare? Imagine all the iPods given to ex-boyfriends / ex-girlfriends / ex-spouses that would be reported as “stolen”.

这里的Dateline报告的一部分我最爱:

We should say that many of iPod’s competitors in the MP3 market apparently don’t do anything more than Apple does to track missing machines.

他们的意思是没有苹果公司在MP3播放器市场的竞争对手做了一些跟踪被盗玩家的事情。

有趣的是,这个故事以积极的方式结束,报道苹果最近申请的专利:

刚刚从美国传来消息Patent Office that Apple has applied for a new patentIn its application, Apple confirms that there is a “serious problem” with iPod theft and that iPod owners have been seriously injured or even murdered for their iPodsAnd the company has proposed an ingenious solution to the problem: essentially, you can’t recharge the iPod or the new iPhone if you can’t prove the device is yours when you hook it up to iTunes.

鉴于如果获得批准,Apple可以使用此类专利来阻止任何其他小工具制造商实施盗窃威慑设备跟踪,那么Dateline的批准是好奇的 - 或者至少是短视的万岁为软件专利。