Apple employee safe after kidnapping, missing iPad not newsworthy

Though the victim was pepper-sprayed and the stolen items included cash, prescription drugs, and other electronics, most of the coverage has focused on an item identified as an "iPad test model", which they say may or may not have been an "upcoming product release". San Jose Mercury News:

An iPad "test model" was one of the items taken during a robbery and kidnapping at a Cupertino house earlier this month, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.The sheriff's office, which would not disclose more details about the stolen device, but said it has not been recovered. It's unclear whether the Apple item was related to an upcoming product release or was an outdated model or test device.

It was an "outdated model or test device" that was stolen. Nothing unreleased, and nothing particularly newsworthy.

Much more importantly, the victim is safe and the suspects are in custody.

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