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Police charge three Foxconn workers with iPad 2 design leaks

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Thu April 28, 2011

Accessory makers may have paid for early info

Three workers at Foxconn's factories in Shenzhen, China have been formally charged with leaking the design of the iPad 2, reports say. The charges were actually filed on March 23rd, following arrests made on December 26th. The suspects are accused of violating Foxconn trade secrets rather than Apple's.

Foxconn is said to have tipped off the police after it emerged that there were accessory makers selling iPad 2 cases before the tablet itself had been revealed by Apple. The company suspected an inside job, likely because because the cases bore a close match to the final product. It's not yet clear if anyone took payments for the leaks, although this may be probable given the extremely low pay of Foxconn assembly workers.

The company may have a hard time controlling the flow of Apple-related information. Despite strict discipline, including even guards with machine guns, it's impossible to monitor all of the 200,000-plus workers at Foxconn's Shenzhen campus. Demand is also extremely high for Apple products, spurring legal and illegal markets alike.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A tad salacious


    "The company may have a hard time controlling the flow of Apple-related information. Despite strict discipline, including even guards with machine guns,..."

    Come on, the guards with machine guns are there for facility security, not to shoot workers!

  1. ferdchet

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Of course

    Is anyone surprised that the Chinese government is doing this on behalf of Foxconn rather than Apple? It's not like these workers violated anything special that Foxconn designed. The Chinese government doesn't give two hoots about the IP behind this. They aren't big about IP protection.

  1. J2-Droid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It could have been worse.

    They could have tortured him/her for a few days then thrown them from the factory roof. Oh wait, that's only punishment if an employee misplaces an Apple product.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    as their punishment, they'll go to jail, where they will be forced into labor to build products for outside sources, just like Foxconn. And the work environment will be restrictive to the laborers, just like Foxconn. And they'll live where they work. Just like Foxconn. And there'll be guards with guns. Just like Foxconn.

    I guess the only difference is they'll be making iPad clones, not iPads.

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