As we all know, Apple has always been known for its secrecy culture. But even for Apple, some of the details of the annual new iPhone are leaked ahead of time. Is Apple's secrecy system not strict enough? Or is there another reason? Today, a report from The Information reveals the work of Apple's product safety team. Let's take a look at it.
Reported that Apple set up a "new product security" team to monitor the security of its most sensitive supplier in China after the early exposure of the 5C in 2013. At one time, the team had more than 30 members, but Apple is said to have recently handed over some of its work to contractors.
The report added that Apple also recruited former U.S. military and intelligence personnel proficient in Chinese as team security officers, and hired third-party audits to conduct weekly inspections on behalf of factories.
The report mentions that Apple's security team has found for many years that there have been people trying to smuggle valuable parts out of the factory. Some people try to hide the parts in wire slots, paper towel boxes, shoes, belt buckles, bras, mop dirty buckets, discarded metal scrap piles and so on.
_Classic scenes in the movie Shawshank's Redemption
What's more, Apple's security team allegedly caught a worker digging a small tunnel in a corner of the room behind a large machine, hoping to leak parts out of the factory. "Someone chiseled down the walls and took them away bit by bit, in the style of Shawshank Redemption. "
Over the years, Apple has further strengthened security agreements to prevent more leaks.
The report mentions several cases of security agreements: garbage bags must be cleaned up and metal screening is required before transfer; storage containers must be sealed with tamper-proof stickers; parts must have unique serial numbers that can be traced back to the designated production line; and inventories must be checked daily.
Suppliers with leaks could face millions of dollars in fines, the report said. But because of its special relationship with Apple, Foxconn, Apple's largest contract partner, is said to be excluded from these security agreements.
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