Huawei has long made a name for itself by taking Apple designs in both hardware and software, and then restoring them for themselves.
It has led to some interesting releases, but it has also led to some criticism.
Now, a new report by The information claims that Huawei has had a habit of tracking former former Apple employees, as well as those who work as part of the supply chain, to try to gather information about their plans and products. In fact, if the US Justice Department is to be believed, the company can reward its employees to bring in confidential information from competing companies.
As US companies become more concerned with Chinese companies' efforts to acquire their intellectual property rights, all Eyes are at Huawei Technologies, which the US government recently accused of stealing trade secrets. New reporting from the Information creates light on Huawei's tactics, which have often been targeted at one of the company's main competitors, Apple.
In one example, a Huawei engineer working on smartwatch development apparently found the vendor to make Apple Watch & # 39; s heart rate sensor. They then met with the company and claimed they had a contract to offer, although the meeting was apparently trying to retrieve information on Apple Watch. After being rejected, Huawei apparently became very quiet despite four scientists and an engineer who had originally been involved in grilling.
In another example, the report highlights how the Huawei copied the reef of the 2016+ MacBook Pro hinge design to create a slimmer MateBook Pro.
In another event, Huawei is suspected of copying a contact Apple developed in 2016 that made the MacBook Pro thins thinner while still attaching the computer's display to its logic board, according to a familiar person. A similar component, made of 13 equal parts mounted the same way, appeared last year in Huawei's MateBook Pro, which was released as a competitor to Apple's MacBooks, the person said. Apple sent a patent on the component in 2016, and it remains.
Huawei approached several Apple vendors with expertise who did the component and gave them the same schematic. These providers recognized the component as Apple's design and refused to make it to Huawei, the person said. But Huawei eventually found a willing producer.
Huawei's interest in Apple is further mentioned by claims of a former Apple employee that when they interviewed a job at the Chinese company, it was more interested in learning about upcoming Apple products than that was the person who was interviewed. "It was clear they were more interested in trying to learn about Apple than they were in hiring me," the person said.
Everything comes as Huawei is in the middle of what can only be described as a mess, with its ties to the Chinese government that causes the United States and other countries to ban it from anywhere near the rollout of 5G infrastructure.
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