How Apple factory workers steal pieces of new iPhones — and sometimes get away
Leaks are common in the tech industry, but for the past six years, Apple has been doing everything in its power to prevent them from getting out into the world.
Following a big leak that spoiled the announcement of the iPhone 5C, The Information reports that Apple created its own manufacturing security division, dubbed the New Product Security Team (NPS), to closely monitor its suppliers and assembly partners in China. The team was also tasked with sealing up methods used by some factory workers to leak information about its new devices, be it in the form of device schematics and measurements or physical components.
The iPhone 5C leak was carried out when an employee of Jabil, one of Apple’s suppliers, was able to drive away with…