In the weeks before the iPad 2 launch all kinds of covers made especially for the tablet appeared, which had been made based on sketches “stolen” by some Foxconn employees, the Chinese news website Shenzhen Daily has reported.
Three former employees in China were arrested at around Christmas time in December 2010 and brought before the law in March and April 2011, the mainstream media has “discovered” this news just now. It may have been Apple that didn’t want the information to be disclosed.
Several online shopping retailers in China were able to sell iPad 2 protective cases before the product was even launched, leading Foxconn to suspect that there might have been some employees leaking the design of the iPad 2, which it reported to the local police.
The sketches that Foxconn employees had made were obtained by accessory manufacturers, and leaked to unscrupulous tech websites. From that point onward, the whole world discovered what the iPad 2 would be like before Apple’s official launch. The three accused have been charged with “disclosure of professional secrets” by the Chinese police.
We know how much importance Apple attaches to keeping its products secret. Which is probably why they aren’t confirming any of the numerous rumours that are out there about the iPhone 5.