Three Foxconn employees in Shenzhen, China have been charged with leaking the iPad 2’s design to outside accessory makers, according to a Chinese-language sznews.com report.
According to ModMyi:
The employees, who worked at the Foxconn hub in Shenzhen, China, were arrested on December 26, 2010 and charged last month with providing third-party accessory makers with iPad 2 product specs. The information leaked ultimately proved correct and accurate enough to legitimately help iPad 2 case makers get a jump start on their accessory manufacturing for the second-generation tablet.
Several online shopping retailers in China were able to sell iPad 2’s protective case products before the iPad 2 was even launched, leading Foxconn to suspect that there might have been some employees leaking the design of iPad 2 which it reported to the local police.
DigiTimes notes that according to the report local police arrested three employees on December 26, 2010 and charged them with violating the company’s trade secrets on March 23, 2011.
Till now, it is not clear what the ultimate punishment will be for the leakers, Apple has reportedly taken serious, top-secret steps to curb further incidents from happening this year as the Apple fanbase braces for the iPhone 5 release among other refreshed gadgets and goodies, as reported by ModMyi.
Will update you with more information, when available.