Leakages are common in the technology industry, but in the past six years, Apple has made every effort to prevent them from getting out into the world.
Following a major leak that destroyed the advertising of the iPhone 5C, The Information reports that Apple has created its own Security Department, called the New Product Security Team (NPS), to closely monitor its suppliers and assembly partners in China. The team was also concerned with sealing methods used by some factory workers to leak information about their new devices, whether in the form of unit charts or measurements or physical components.
The iPhone 5C leak was performed when an employee of Jabil, one of Apple's vendors, was able to drive away with colorful cabinets (the defining feature of that model of the iPhone), avoiding security cameras and doctorates, thanks to help from a safe security guard.
The report describes other leaks such as NPS, which have formed to stop situations like 5C sleeves which were eventually photographed and uploaded on the internet, have been able to prevent. One such worker is trying to fail to dig an underground tunnel to remove components outside the plant.
As closely as Apple sees the factory workers being paid to make the next iPhone a reality, some secrets will escape. Although the report describes that Apple usually has it to find what has been missed and where to find it.
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In one case, before the iPhone X was released, a company that taught technicians how to repair Apple devices had access to leaked glass screens for the new phone and started to keep classes on repair the screens. Apple secretly wrote a class entrepreneur to track the source of leaks, the person said.
A fascinating element of Apple's anti-leakage strategy is that it rarely goes after the leaks use legal methods, both because it is difficult to do so in a foreign country and because it would mean media reports or otherwise unwanted attention to the unreleased products. The information states that Apple would be required to provide product descriptions of stolen parts to Chinese law enforcement, but it chose not to fear for sharing the information with non-Apple employees.
This means that iPhone thieves are usually only charged to the street value of the stolen components when they are captured, rather than the intangible property value. It's part of the reason that the smuggling of Apple secrets from Chinese factories does not carry the type of risk you can deal with crossing one of the most secret companies on the planet.
To read more fascinating scenery about how far Apple has gone and want to go to protect its intellectual property rights, you should check out the entire report on the Information .