Foxconn Employee Detained for Leaking iPhone 6 Shells

Foxconn Employee Detained for Leaking iPhone 6 Shells

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A Foxconn employee has been detained by Chinese police for allegedly stealing six iPhone 6 shells and selling them for $960, reports the WSJ.

Chinese police in recent days said that on Sept. 4, they detained an employee of Foxconn, a major Apple contractor, for stealing shells of the new phone from a factory in northern Shanxi province. According to the local Communist Party-run newspaper Taihang Daily, police alleged the 40-year-old male suspect, identified only as surnamed Qiao, sold six shells for 6,000 yuan ($960) to an electronic gadget market in the southern city Shenzhen, a hub for gadget makers.

Apple completely failed in maintaining the secrecy of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with every part and even working devices having leaked before its announcement. To maintain the secrecy of the Apple Watch it announced the device long before it would enter production. Keeping a secret that involves tens of thousands of poorly paid factory workers has proven very difficult.

Mr. Qiao apparently found an advertisement in July that said, “purchasing parts from Apple Inc. at high prices.” He called the number and someone offered him 1,000 yuan ($160) for every iPhone 6 shell he could provide.

On July 24, Qiao hid one shell in his pocket and avoided the security check by leaving at the peak quitting time. He sent the shell to the address in Shenzhen and received his money a few days later. Following the successful transaction, he stole another five shells that month.

Foxconn noticed the lost shells and reported it to the police in mid-August. Apparently they spent 20 days scrutinizing video surveillance, employee details, and courier information before determining that Qiao was the culprit.

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Foxconn Employee Detained for Leaking iPhone 6 Shells

Gern Blansten - September 16, 2014 at 6:07pm
Are you high? Not only would the parts be streaming out of the factory, but the phone would cost three times as much, and quality control would be out the window.
Lolwut - September 16, 2014 at 5:53pm
How is this Apple's fault? It's just one of millions of employees.
Gern Blansten - September 16, 2014 at 6:05pm
Not even employees. Contractors.
Sillydrew - September 16, 2014 at 5:37pm
I agree they don't pay them that much but I'm sure they make a decent wage in china. Also yes stealing is bad and sharing parts to something that is suppose to be a secret is bad business as well. It ruined the announcement that's for sure.
china eat my poop - September 16, 2014 at 5:32pm
seriously they spent 20 days looking for 6 phone shells you pay workers nothing they steal okay yeah bad ..but your so over the top crazy you would spend 20 days around 214-280 hours looking for a shell who cares you jerks sell that crap for too much and you make it with hazard material they use cancer causing things to do the finish and stuff on the shell alone to clean it who cares obviously if you paid your workers enough they wouldnt feel that 160$ was worth losing thier job for i mean come on he didnt get hardly anything for the shells considering eatch phone costs the same as the amount f shells he sold whatever and apple making 87423 million of these devices 6x shells is like 000000000000000000.01 of thier manufacturing like a drip in a ocean of water i say good too bad the guy couldnt have stolen a working unit for himself and who cares apple for making a huge nonsense of this total bs he stole some shells ok fine his ass and fire him your making him out to be a world class terrorist wtf
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