Apple's top secret iPod: the truth revealed

Tired of waiting for the new James Bond film to arrive? Well, a bizarre yet intriguing tale has arrived to keep you going until November, and it features all the hallmarks of a classic spy story: government secrets, drama and, er, iPods.

Indeed, all eyes might be on the upcoming iPhone 12 (no doubt bound to join our our best camera phones list), but the iPhone's MP3-playing predecessor is enjoying a return to the spotlight this week. A gripping new account details how an Apple employee was tasked with helping to create a "top secret" iPod for the US Government in 2005 – and even Steve Jobs didn't know about it.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.