updated 12:36 pm EDT, Fri August 24, 2012
Targets company over 'counterfeit Apple trademarks'
Apple has sent a DMCA takedown notice to the operators of iphone5mod.com, a site that was selling an "iPhone 5 conversion kit" resembling leaked photos of next-generation iPhone backs. In a letter from OpSec Security, which says it's acting on Apple's behalf, the site is accused of "offering for sale and selling merchandise bearing counterfeit Apple trademark(s)," something that violates US federal and state laws. The company behind the kit is identified as operating in Shenzhen, China.
Despite the takedown notice, the site's operators say they'll continue to ship orders that have already been placed, and accept new orders for roughly the next 48 hours. While Apple may have a genuine claim about counterfeiting, it's thought that the company may be equally interested in keeping the look of the new iPhone under wraps until a press event. An official unveiling is expected on September 12th.