Apple has launched the mother of all crackdowns on its ever more porous supply chain, one of the world’s premier iDevice leak artistes claims, as more and more details of the iPhone 6 surface online ahead of its debut later this year.
Just today, what look very much like the first images of the backplate for the next-gen handset are doing the rounds on tech blogs and the mainstream media.
And in recent weeks, we've been treated to a series of snaps of the handset’s screen, alongside a welter of dummy devices based on Apple schematics.
But, fun as it is to get sneaky looks at Apple kit, we shouldn’t expect this state of peak leakiness to last forever. Not according to perennial thorn in Apple’s side Sonny Dickson anyway, who has uncovered evidence that the tech giant is ramping up its efforts to stem the tide.
According to tweets from Sonny, whose track record with iPhone leaks is exemplary, Apple has approached Chinese governing bodies and has enlisted the services of 200 security officers to catch anyone selling accessories, such as cases, to media bods and bloggers.
Leaked cases for the iPhone 6 were crucial to the dummy, mock-up smarties that have been making tech-news waves of late.
Apple’s tightening-up programme comes as more and more phone-makers, such as HTC, seemingly look to plug leaks with a more aggressive approach.
Earlier this year, HTC, whose One M8 was probably history’s most-leaked handset, came down hard on a teen blogger who posted a pre-release walkthrough video of the phone. The video wasn’t up for much longer after that….