An iPad "test model" was one of the stolen items during a robbery and kidnapping at a Cupertino home earlier this month, reports the San Jose Mercury News. It's unclear whether the test device was for a previous iPad model or a future one.

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The robbers took the device, along with electronics, prescription drugs and cash valued at $7,500, from a Cupertino home during an incident in which a 20-year-old man was kidnapped and robbed after answering a woman's online advertisement.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has arrested the two suspected robbers, who took the items and forced the victim into their car before driving three-quarters of a mile and releasing him. The victim contacted the sheriff's department five days later and the case is still being investigated. The test iPad has not yet been found.

Apple has had test devices stolen in the past, with the most famous example being the test iPhone 4 that was lost in a Bay Area bar before being found by someone and sold to a reporter for $5,000. The reporter then posted images and a breakdown of the new device before returning it to Apple. After that, the reporter's house was raided by authorities and his computers and other property were seized.

Update: According to iMore, the stolen iPad was an "outdated model or test device", not a prototype of an unreleased device.

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Top Rated Comments

Prof. Avatar
117 months ago
Clearly the stolen iPad is a bigger story than a kidnapping victim. :rolleyes:
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
VelfarreClubber Avatar
117 months ago
The robbers took the device, along with electronics, prescription drugs and cash valued at $7,500, from a Cupertino home during an incident in which a 20-year-old man was kidnapped and robbed after answering a woman's online advertisement.

All he wanted was some booty! :D
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zedcars Avatar
117 months ago
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has*arrested the two suspected robbers, who took the items and forced the victim into their car before driving three-quarters of a mile and releasing him. The victim contacted the sheriff's department five days later and the case is still being investigated.

The victim waited 5 whole days before reporting it?! Something wrong there...
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Reason077 Avatar
117 months ago
Could one of Apple's competitors be behind this?

If (let's say) Samsung somehow knew that a future iPad prototype was at this property, could we put it past them - or some shadowy middle man - to arrange to have it stolen and made to look like a random break in?

After all, having a few months advance knowledge of Apple's designs would potentially be worth tens or hundreds of millions in extra sales to an electronics giant which is known to have, shall we say, "loose morals".
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BruiserBear Avatar
117 months ago
Responded to a woman's online advertisement? Doesn't report being kidnapped for 5 days?

Hmm....
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ugcop Avatar
117 months ago
This should be easy to find. Look for a prostitute carrying an iPad Pro with a MacBook motherboard and running a full operating system.
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