Before the launch of iPad 2, and during the time when the iPad 2 rumour-mill was in full swing, thanks to leaks of case specifications coming out of China and Taiwan, iPad 2 mockups were unusually accurate. Apple notice this, and now three Foxconn employees have been charged over the leaking the iPad 2 design to accessory maker.
Foxconn is the main supplier of Apple hardware, especially iPhones and iPads – a leak of a new product more than likely originates from within the Foxconn walls. According to DigiTimes three Foxconn employees were arrested way back on Boxing Day, 2010 and they were officially charged with ‘violating Foxconn’s trade secrets’ on March 23rd.
Several online shopping retailers in China were able to sell iPad 2′s protective case products before the iPad 2 was even launched, leading Foxconn to suspect that there might have been some employees leaking the design of iPad 2 which it reported to the local police.
The local police on December 26, 2010, arrested three employees that were suspected of leaking the design, and officially charged the three employees for violating the company’s trade secrets on March 23, 2011, the reported added.