The tech giant is trying to plug the source of a leak exposed by an Aussie teenager. A boy named Sonny Dickson seems to be causing Apple serious problems by leaking prototypes of the company’s products online long before they are officially revealed. However, Apple can’t find the way to silence the boy.
In addition, the teen has also been making money by selling off some of the kit he gets his paws on. For instance, Sonny published a snap of an iPhone 5 battery before the launch of the device, and both the battery and specifications listed on it later turned out to be real. Local media reported that the tech giant fails to stop him simply because the guy is neither an employee nor a worker from one of its suppliers’ plants.
Apparently, the boy has some strong contacts with someone ready to leak Apple data. Besides, he claimed that he also likes uncovering upcoming features in Apple OS by trawling through developer code for signs developers have left behind. Actually, Sonny is doing what the tech press used to do before becoming owned by NDAs and press offices. According to one of the bloggers who knows the boy, the latter had made a name for himself in the trade of Apple-owned content which nobody else would make public.
This means that the formal tech press is afraid to annoy Apple by setting its hacks to work doing the same sort of thing. The teenager has connections with the company’s Asia supply chain by hanging out on Internet forums or on Chinese social networks like Weibo.com. Language barrier is not a problem when you have Google translate.
So, Dickson has even managed to get his paws on internal Apple training videos and details about the new device’s parts, including battery, motherboard, lightning cable and nine-pin connector before those were officially unveiled. The latest leak from Dockson included several snaps of a casing of a cheaper, plastic iPhone which he said is expected to come in different colors. However, the teenager stopped selling prototypes right after one of his contacts warned him that the company’s global security team was ready to start an investigation. Dickson has made a right decision and was lucky to get rid of all his prototypes before the police knocked on his door.