The FCC’s Little Surprises

You might already know that products intended to be sold in the United States have to go through the FCC, a certification agency. Sometimes, these products aren’t final versions—they might have small differences, unfinished manuals, etc.

In the (vast) majority of cases, there’s nothing special, but occasionally, there are some amusing things. Given how messy it is, I probably missed some things. That’s how I found out that the AirPort Express was supposed to support hard drives.

Un G5 avec des CPU G4

A G5 with G4 CPUs

Un prototype de souris

A prototype mouse

Une borne sans la 

An Apple-less base station

Un iPhone sous l'OS de test

An iPhone running a test OS

Un prototype de clavier

A prototype keyboard

Une Magic Mouse sans la 

An Apple-less Magic Mouse

Une borne AirPort Express sans la 

An AirPort Express base station without the Apple logo

Un iPad sous l'OS de test

An iPad running a test OS

Un nom de code (Victoria) au lieu du nom du produit

A product code name (Victoria) instead of the actual product name

Un iPod touch avec un bouton noir (ou caché)

An iPod touch with a black (or hidden) button

There are also quite a few manuals with « Apple Confidential » stamped on them and red annotations, but I haven’t found anything interesting in them (and it’s quite tedious to check).