On May 28, 2009 or eleven days prior to Apple’s unveiling of their next generation iPhones, Apple sought short and indefinite confidential treatment for documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission. In the first term, Apple requested that certain documents be withheld from the public for a short term of forty-five days. These documents included Test Setup Photographs, External Photographs, Internal Photo graphs and the iPhone’s User Manual. In the second term, Apple requested Permanent Confidentiality for five distinct documents pertaining to the iPhone which included a Block Diagram, Operational Description, a Radio Schematic, Radio Bill of Material and Antenna and Patterns. According to Apple, the said documents reveal detailed technical and design information that is protected by Apple as confidential and proprietary trade secrets. The public documents posted by the FCC on June 8, reflect Apple’s request for confidentiality. Below is a full copy of Apple’s formal request.
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