As a recent report from 9to5Mac is informing us, Apple is cracking down on accessory makers that design their products based on leaks and rumors. We all know pretty well that Apple's products get leaked a lot, which is definitely not helping the company surprise consumers once they launch new devices.
And now it seems that Tim Cook and his team are looking to take some actions to prevent the leaking. The company is clamping down on iPhone and iPad case manufacturers in order to discourage leaks on the specs and features of the upcoming iPhone 6 and the 2015 iPad editions.
Citing “sources with first-hand knowledge of the matter,” here's what 9to5Mac originally reported:
"9to5Mac has learned that in fall 2014, just before the iPhone 6 launched, Apple demanded that a number of leading accessory makers sign agreements barring them from seeking out information about future Apple devices, according to four sources with first-hand knowledge of the matter."
Should an accessory maker violate Apple's terms, the agreement reportedly threatens accessory makers with losing out on "future business opportunities that Apple and/or its affiliates may present to you." Here's more from the agreement:
“…should Apple find that, prior to the release of a product, you have sought, obtained or relied upon specifications of that product from a source 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 products in our stores.”
9to5Mac also says Apple may have already recently removed "between 60-70% of third-party cases from its retail stores."