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Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to a leaker based in China as part of its continuing attempts to curtail leaks of unreleased products, according to Vice.

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A Chinese citizen who shared images of stolen Apple prototypes on social media was sent a warning letter from Fangda Partners, Apple's law firm in China, on June 18, 2021. An extract from the letter read:
You have disclosed without authorization a large amount of information related to Apple's unreleased and rumored products, which has constituted a deliberate infringement of Apple's trade secrets. Through investigation, Apple has obtained relevant evidence about your unauthorized disclosure of Apple's unreleased and rumored products. Your intentional infringement is specifically manifested as: publishing unpublished information about Apple's new products through social media platforms, including but not limited to the design and performance of these new products.

The letter went on to ask the seller to stop obtaining, advertising, and selling leaked Apple devices and requested information about anyone who provided them with leaked devices. The leaker was also asked to sign a document agreeing to comply with the requests within 14 days of receiving the letter. It is not clear who the Chinese citizen was that leaked the prototype devices in this particular case.

A previous Vice investigation revealed that there is a gray market fueled by Chinese Apple or Foxconn employees who sneak unreleased hardware out of factories, which allows resellers to acquire devices to sell to collectors, some of who post images on social media.

Elsewhere, the original Twitter account of the leaker known as "Mr. White," with the handle @laobaiTD, was deleted around June 11. There is a new Mr. White account on Twitter posting images of Apple prototypes, but the original @laobaiTD was responsible for images purporting to depict a shorter, third-generation Apple Pencil and second-generation AirPods Pro circuitry.

Mr. White leaked accurate images of the iPhone 12 Pro's rear glass, an iPhone 12 mini display unit, the A14 chip, the iPad mini 5's chassis, and more, all before their official release, as well as leaked images of unreleased products such as a black ceramic Apple Watch Series 5, a Jet Black iPhone X, and a fifth-generation iPod touch with an alternate design.

The letter from Apple lines up with others sent last month to the reliable leaker known as "Kang," "CConceptCreator," who created leaker Jon Prosser's accurate renders of AirPods Max before they were released, and others. Another leaker called "Jin Store" on Twitter, who leaked images of accurate molds of the iPhone 12 lineup, told Vice that he had not received a letter from Apple.

While it seems that many of these letters were sent just over a month ago, it is increasingly clear that June saw a fierce and widespread attempt from Apple to cull information coming from individual leakers outside the United States.

Article Link: Apple Demands Leaker Reveals Sources Under Threat of Being Reported to Police
 
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Lounge vibes 05

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I really, really wonder, as unlikely as it is, if this has something to do with WWDC.
Almost every reliable or even slightly reliable leaker, Mark from Bloomberg, Prosser, Quo, some of the Twitter leakers, all said or implied that there would be new MacBook Pro‘s announced at the event, and some leakers also said that iOS 15 would include a completely redesigned lock screen and control center.
Apple clearly knew about how high the expectations were, they even put “M1X” in the YouTube tags, but none of these things happened, and the event was seen by pretty much everyone as disappointing.
I wonder if, right after this event, that’s when they decided to start cracking down
 
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jk1221

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This is seriously messed up. Unless Apple has EVIDENCE that this "Mr White" did something illegal or participated in this alleged illegal activity directly, then reposting a photo sent to you is not a crime I'm aware of.

Imagine if this flew in the US and you could sue every journalist (which has a brought definition at best) when they posted something that a company did not want to be released to the public....

But of course, go after the Chinese citizens who have no such rights. The low-hanging fruit. Real big of Apple who claims to support all of these ethical policies globally, but then uses those abuses to their advantage when convenient.
 
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nvmls

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Leak paper was hanging on the safety net - sorry Apple.
 
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MauiPa

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Apple is a shell of the company it once was. Back the F up, Apple, you sicken me.

"trade secrets" my ass.
that is a bit much, "back the F up" (to quote a fine scholar) and calm down. You must work to maintain the secret in trade secrets or it is not a secret. almost all countries have laws protecting trade secrets, and they only apply if in fact you work to keep them secret. Cheesh, you'd think was was rocket science
 
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Joe The Dragon

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Imagine if this flew in the US and you could sue every journalist (which has a brought definition at best) when they posted something that a company did not want to be released to the public....
Maybe they should try the DMCA on that so that can go to court with some big journalist that can pay for an really good law firm + get it overturned on 1st issues
 
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MauiPa

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It is not illegal in China to sell or leak trade secrets of foreign companies.
Not according to the law in china. Here is some reading for your continued education:


I'm not claiming to be a lawyer, but I'm calling BS on your incorrect and unfounded statement
 
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sw1tcher

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Elsewhere, the original Twitter account of the leaker known as "Mr. White," with the handle @laobaiTD, was deleted around June 11. There is a new Mr. White account on Twitter posting images of Apple prototypes, but the original @laobaiTD was responsible for images purporting to depict a shorter, third-generation Apple Pencil and second-generation AirPods Pro circuitry.
I would have named the new Twitter account "Heisenberg" :p
 
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