Remember this Santa Clausian photo of Steve Wozniak holding an iPad 3G a few weeks back? Well it turns out that Apple recently fired the engineer who let Woz play around with the iPad for a few minutes, presumably because he wasn’t allowed to show the device to anyone.
Woz recently spoke about what transpired:
But I can tell you that the test engineer who showed me an iPad after midnight, for 2 minutes, during the iPad launch was indeed fired. I opted to spend 2 minutes with Numbers on this iPad, trying some stunts I’d seen on Apple’s website demo video. I was not told that it was a 3G model and I had no way to know that. I was told that this engineer had to wait until midnight to show it outside of Apple’s secure area. And I’m an Apple employee who he was showing it to. My guess is that he was allowed to take the iPad outside of the secure area but still not supposed to show it.
We should point out that the photo was taken after the wi-fi equipped iPad had already gone on sale, but you know Apple and how they feel about rules.
More info from Woz over here at Gizmodo.