Apple Tries To Divert Attention From iPhone 7 Leaks
The hype for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have not yet ebbed down, and Apple already has resorted to taking steps to distract the community from the rumors being thrown around regarding iPhone 7.
Apple is now shifting its focus to accessory manufacturers, who are reportedly being warned that they should not take rumors into account while designing accessories for the next generation of iPhones.
According to 9to5Mac, the company has asked manufacturers to sign an agreement which has said:
“Should Apple find that, prior to the release of a product, you have sought, obtained, or relied upon specifications of that product from sources other than Apple, Apple may choose to exercise its right to take action against you, which penalties can include, but are not limited to, Apple choosing not to stock your product in our stores.”
We all had known about iPhone 6’s specifications before it was even released officially, and most of the accurate leaks were traced back to accessory makers. One of such instances includes a rumor site called Ukrainian iPhone, which posted images of computer renders back in April 2014, almost six months before the phone hit stores. Those images were of the design cases for the new device which those manufacturers were using.
But since iPhone case manufacturers are not owned by Apple itself, there is still doubt whether Apple would be able to throw the curtain on the arising leaks. Moreover, there are so many parties involved in manufacturing and distributing iPhone accessories, it is nearly impossible to stop all of them from following leaks and rumors.
A vast majority of iPhone case manufacturers are not officially affiliated with Apple in any manner. The cases found in common stores or those picked in a roadside kiosk are never stocked in Apple Store. So the Californian firm has little control over manufacturers of these cases.
On the other hand, large accessory manufacturers or those who are operating in partnership with Apple will feel the strain as the agreement strictly prohibits them from reading or following any website or newspaper other than Apple itself.
Jordan Kahn writes in the report that “after consulting Apple about the agreement’s language, one developer said that it amounted to a prohibition on reading any web site or newspaper that even discussed upcoming Apple products, including The New York Times.”
While Apple is trying to put curtains on arising leaks, its top competitor Samsung is already teasing about its next flagship phone Galaxy S6.