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Apple Hunting Down iPhone 6 Leakers in China

by Todd Haselton | May 30, 2014May 30, 2014 9:30 am PDT

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Two years ago in May of 2012 Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple was doing to “double down” on secrecy, and now a new report suggests the company is working behind the scenes in its supply chain to control those leaks. Recently we’ve been treated to dummy models of the alleged iPhone 6, and apparently Apple is none too pleased about that kind of stuff leaking out.

According to Sonny Dickson, one blogger who posted hardware parts for Apple’s new iPads and iPhones last year, Apple is asking authorities in China to start cracking down on leakers. “There are about 200 security officers trying to catch those who dare sell i6 accessories,” Dickson said. iPhone 6 accessories, especially if built on real schematics, provide a near-perfect glimpse at the dimensions for Apple’s new hardware, and that’s exactly how the Internet ended up flooded with leaked dummy models. “Apple had (sic) asked Chinese authorities to catch those who are trying to leak i6,” Dickson added.

We don’t know who Apple is exactly talking to. It could be that the security officers are employed by Pegatron and Hon Hai (Foxconn), two of Apple’s major iPhone suppliers, or perhaps they’re actually local authorities. We still won’t be surprised if we see additional details on the iPhone 6 leak in the coming months, though, but maybe the frequency will slow a bit.

Speaking of leaks, here’s a look at some of the dummy units and hardware that have leaked recently:

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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