If you're one of the thousands of New Yorkers who have found nada searching for a store-stocked iPad mini, only to be met with disappointing claims of "sold out" or promises that it's "on the way," consumer demand might not be the reason for the shortage: Apple recently suffered a major iPad-jacking at JFK airport.
According to the report, the theft represents roughly $1.5 million dollars worth of product, which accounts for about 3,600 iPad minis that will go unsmudged by the hungry hands of tablet fans in the New York area. The report claims that on Monday, around 11 p.m., it only took two thieves to sneak into the JFK airport cargo area and use the airport's own forklifts to load to pallets of iPads onto a waiting tractor trailer truck.
In fact, the major haul was only partially successful, as the thieves had to leave several more pallets behind after being challenged by an airport worker. Sources interviewed for the report indicated that the thieves may have been assisted by someone with official access to the airport's cargo area.
So while Apple likes to sell its devices as finely crafted design masterpieces, even going as far as giving the iPhone 5 a sapphire crystal lens, it turns out that the company may need to start treating its security less like a PC maker such as Hewlett-Packard, and more like a jewelry brand like Cartier.