A factory worker at Apple product manufacturer Foxconn has been detained by Chinese police, and is now under investigation for stealing shells of the new iPhone 6 in the weeks preceding the new product’s official release.
The Wall Street Journal provides a summary of the incident:
“Chinese police in recent days said that on Sept. 4, they detained an employee of Foxconn, a major Apple contractor, for stealing shells of the new phone from a factory in northern Shanxi province. According to the local Communist Party-run newspaper Taihang Daily, police alleged the 40-year-old male suspect, identified only as surnamed Qiao, sold six shells for 6,000 yuan ($960) to an electronic gadget market in the southern city Shenzhen, a hub for gadget makers.”
9to5mac reports that while Apple hasn’t commented, Foxconn told The Wall Street Journal that employees are expected to follow the company’s code of conduct, and that the matter is still under investigation.
In the lead up to the 9 September media event, we have seen numerous leaks of various parts and components of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.