Leaks happen from time to time. Apple is normally very secretive, but lately, there have been bits of information leaked from China. Most just come from the manufacturing side, where people work to assemble our consumer electronics and sometimes snap some photos or whatnot.
Those leaks are what showed us early bits of info about some of the past iDevices, such as the iPad 2. Because of that, three people are going to spend 12 to 18 months in prison and may have to pay fines up to $23,000.
Here’s a short excerpt from the Wall Street Journal’s (via MacRumors) report:
“The court announced the decision Tuesday in statements on its official account at Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service in China. It said that Xiao Chengsong, general manager of Shenzhen MacTop Electronics Co., had offered 20,000 yuan, or about $3,000, plus discounts on MacTop products to a former Hon Hai employee named Hou Pengna, for information about the iPad 2. The court said Ms. Hou then paid Lin Kecheng, a Hon Hai research-and-development employee, to get digital images of the device’s back cover from last September, six months before the iPad 2 was publicly announced.”
It’s probably not good to leak that sort of information. However, we’re sure that an example is being made of them and this may deter others from potentially leaking future products such as the iPhone 5 or iPad 3. I know I wouldn’t take the chance.