Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to a Chinese “leaker” in an attempt to find out how he is able to obtain rumors about future products from the company.

This is reported by the site Vice, explaining that Apple has sent a warning letter (“cease and desist”) to stop (“cease”) an activity deemed illegal and not resume (“desist”). The Chinese citizen in question allegedly showed iPhone prototypes on social media and received the document from the law firm Fangda Partners (a firm acting on behalf of Apple) on June 18, 2021.

The letter points out that the person in question has “disclosed a large amount of product information and rumors without authorization,” an element that constitutes a deliberate infringement of Apple’s trade secrets.” And: “Through investigation, Apple has obtained relevant evidence regarding your unauthorized disclosures of unannounced product information and related rumors. Apple is still talking about “intentional violations,” blatantly manifested on: publications and details with unpublished information about new Apple products posted on social media, which include information about the design and performance of new products.

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In the letter, the user is asked to stop, not to publicize and sell leaked information about devices, and to provide information about anyone who has indicated details about the products and other items in dispute. The “leaker” was also asked to sign a document agreeing to comply with the requests within 14 days of receiving the letter. It’s unclear who the Chinese citizen who allegedly published details about future Apple products is and what specific cases are being referred to.

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The website Vice has previously reported on a “gray market” fueled by Chinese employees of Apple or Foxconn who stealthily obtain information from factories about products not yet presented, allowing some users to buy test devices to sell to collectors, devices whose photos end up many times on the net.

Macrumors reports that the account of the leaker “Mr. White” is no longer active since June 11, but there is already a new account with the same name.so name showing images of alleged Apple device prototypes. “Mr. White” has previously correctly previewed such things as: the back glass of the iPhone 12 Pro, shown the display unit of the iPhone 12 mini, the A14 chip, the chassis of the iPad mini 5 and more, obviously before they were officially announced.

Apple also sent a similar letter last month to a leaker known as “Kang”; it too has repeatedly posted photos of yet-to-be-announced components and devices. Apple has apparently sent other letters of the same tenor, in an attempt to stop leakers from spreading this kind of information.