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  • Apple Doesn't Want Accessory Makers Designing Based on Leaks, Consequences Follow


    Apple is reportedly working to put an end to accessory makers designing their products based on leaks that come from inside sources before the products are officially unveiled at their usual Apple events.

    Apple wants to keep their upcoming device works-in-progress a complete secret from not only the public, but to their competitors as well, such as Samsung. Any accessory makers that continue to design accessories based on leaks rather than Apple's own inside information that may or may not be sent to them to help design their products could be hit with some upsetting consequences, as 9to5Mac reports. Some of the threatening agreement that many accessory makers were forced to sign in order to keep orderly business with Apple is revealed below:

    …should Apple find that, prior to the release of a product, you have sought, obtained, or relied upon specifications of that product from sources 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 product in our stores.
    If accessory-makers don't comply with Apple's demands, then Apple will refuse to stock the products in their own Apple Stores, which is an achievement for any accessory maker. Recently, Fifty Three's Pencil stylus just began being offered at Apple's retail stores. Other consequences are also possible, although Apple doesn't go into detail in the agreement.

    For case-makers, this seems to be a double-whammy. Either they will have to be barred from Apple's inside intelligence permanently if they don't agree to the terms, or they will face delays attempting to be the first at making bulks of cases for Apple's new handsets if they do agree to the terms. Another instance where case-makers will hurt due to this new rule is that Apple's own proprietary Leather cases may see a boost in sales due to the fact that it would be the only case that would be ready to ship as soon as a new Apple device launches since case-makers will be unable to start their production early.

    Not only will the new terms hurt accessory-makers in the long run, but it will hurt consumers. All while Apple has everything to gain from it.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Doesn't Want Accessory Makers Designing Based on Leaks, Consequences Follow started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      Is it just me or has Apple just become some of the biggest whiners on the face of the planet? Seriously, why does a company that's been so profitable need to be so secretive and asininely lame at the same time? This and their complete reversal of graphical styling since iOS 7 has been a huge turn off.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by znbl View Post
      Is it just me or has Apple just become some of the biggest whiners on the face of the planet? Seriously, why does a company that's been so profitable need to be so secretive and asininely lame at the same time? This and their complete reversal of graphical styling since iOS 7 has been a huge turn off.
      Part of why they're so profitable is the secrecy. The whole "hush-hush" attitude intrigues people, and apple knows that.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Less is more. If you know everything where is the curiosity? Where is the "i wonder"?? I like the way Apple does business and hope they continue to do so.
    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      Part of why they're so profitable is the secrecy. The whole "hush-hush" attitude intrigues people, and apple knows that.
      I must disagree. I don't think it's the secrecy that ultimately makes people want to buy the products, but the products themselves (and the rumors thereof play a part as well.) Too many people have a sufficient idea of what Apples product lines look like to be all that surprised any how.