Apple has increased its efforts to curb leaks coming from its supply chain.
A new report from The Information details the measures Apple has taken to prevent employees working in its factories from smuggling iPhone parts, as well as some of the various, crazy plans it has thwarted in the.
According to the report, factory workers have tried to smuggle parts using tissue boxes, crawl spaces, shoes, belt buckles, bras, and more. But by far, the craziest attempt was a tunnel that Apple workers slowly tried to smuggle parts.
"People were chipping away little by little at the wall 'Shawshank Redemption' style," said one person. 19659006] Here's another story:
In one instance, before the iPhone X was released, a business that teaches technicians how to repair Apple devices had access to leaked glass screens for the new phone and started holding classes on repairing the screens. Apple secretly enrolled in the class to trace the source of the leaks, the person said.
In a report from 2017, an Apple executive was quoted as saying that more leaks now come from inside Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, than from the supply chain.
Suppliers that suffer from multiple million dollars, but Apple's primary manufacturer Foxconn is said to be excluded from this policy due to its long-standing relationship with Apple.
The report about The Information (paywalled) is worth reading and contains more details of Apple's various efforts to curb leaks.