Two years ago in May of 2012 Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple was doing to “double down” on secrecy. Obviously that hasn’t really happened, considering we often see leaked parts for each new major Apple product months before the device is ever announced. Most recently we’ve been treated to dummy models of the alleged iPhone 6, and apparently Apple is none too pleased about its leaky supply chain.
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: