dark iphone 6 shell

The Chinese police arrested a Foxconn factory worker suspected of having stolen and sold shells of the iPhone 6 on September 4, reports the WSJ today. Motivated by money, the man had stolen no less than 6 shells that he sold to a local electronics market in Shenzhen. 

The thief explained that he saw an ad posted around his factory offering money for iPhone 6 parts. After calling the number on the ad, he was offered $160 for every shell he could steal. After stealing one shell and receiving his fee, the man was apparently encouraged to steal more. He then proceeded to steal 5 more shells that he sold to the same buyer.

Despite the factory being under tight security, the Foxconn employee managed to get out of the factory with 6 shells without too much trouble. He was able to avoid security checks by leaving the factory at peak hours along with thousands of this co-workers, a time when individual checks are virtually impossible.

Foxconn noticed the missing parts in mid-August and alerted the police who reportedly spent 20 days watching video surveillance tapes until they were finally able to isolate the man as the likely thief.

With thousands of employees working on these electronic devices, and with low salary, it’s not a surprise that some workers would be tempted to make a quick buck leaking iPhone parts. It obviously doesn’t make it right.


  • I highly doubt the leaks were controlled by Apple. This helps me believe my theory a little bit more.

    • Anmol Malhotra

      I dont think so.. ! fully disagree with you.

      • Why would you purposely leak specs to your highest anticipated devices, leaving nothing to be amazed about when you actually announce it.

      • Chris P

        Keeps them at the top of the news cycle and builds anticipation–look a camera lense?! Pretty new colors?! Wireless charging?! etc. It also keeps people from purchasing a competitors brand if they ‘think’ something is coming out. People with hold off on a major/luxury purchase if they ‘think’ something better might be coming alone.

      • SoylentGreen

        And i guess you beleive msnbc/bbc news also lol

      • I do not watch the news.

      • Armando

        Not that there is always a Bigger Plan or Conspiracy but you would be a typical American individual if you let everything fly over your head thinking this is the greatest country in the world. Keep your eyes open as in 30 years from now you could be that bum in the movie of a High Society.

      • My eyes are wide open. I am the out of the box thinker.

    • RarestName

      I don’t doubt it. Apple had made an indirect shoutout to Sonny Dickson in a previous keynote, where Phil Schiller said something about us already seeing the pictures online.

      And they also referenced to the leaks before talking about the screen sizes, “and if you don’t know, here’s their sizes.”

      • possibly because they had no control over them.. Like the Gizmodo iPhone 4. I remember them saying if you hadn’t seen this already. They were just poking fun at the situation, no point in denying the fact almost everyone saw it already…

    • Max Rojas

      whats your theory?

      • I look at it as Apple has many companies manufacturing these parts for them overseas. They have absolutely no control over their security so its very easy for thing like this to happen. Parts can go missing from the assembly line or pictures get taken posted on the web its quite simple. I doubt they have a big master plan to slowly leak parts and photos so you can see the device and know everything about it before its announced..

      • Max Rojas

        Sounds legit.

  • iBanks

    Sucks for him.

  • JayDee917

    Maybe if Apple forced Foxconn to pay their employees a respectable wage, they wouldn’t be so tempted to steal these parts.

    • Derp

      Then they wouldn’t be able to make their 45 Million % profit

    • Foxconn pay their factory workers Apple just pays Foxconn…

      • Antzboogie

        Lol I Love Apple but they know what their doing exploiting these workers and paying them close to nothing. The problem here is greed and Capitalism. Foxconn is more at fault but Apple does the math and they know whats up.

      • felixtaf

        You are right. Its a form of exploitation. But if you manufacture the iPhone in USA including parts and assembly, Apple will not make any profit for sure. Asian countries are often used by MNC’s to exploit and make profit – No doubt!

      • JayDee917

        They could still make a profit manufacturing the iPhone in the US, they just won’t make the ridiculously high percentage of profit they make now. For example, the Moto X is assembled in the US, was sold for $300 off contract and has similar or better specs than the iPhone 6 LAST year, with 10mp camera, double the RAM, bigger battery, etc, and Motorola was still apparently able to make a profit.

        If Motorola could, Apple definitely could, especially a year later and also due to much higher quantity meaning less price per unit. But at the end of the day, Apple couldn’t care less about creating jobs in the U.S. if it meant cutting into their profits.

      • Rowan09

        Google make a very small amount of profits from products, 90+% of their business is services (maps, search, etc). America needs to become more competitive, but the reality is we won’t have people working here at minimum wage building iPhones. Look at what happened to the car industry, robots replaced most of the workforce.

      • SoylentGreen

        I see your getting outside the box a tad, google is another NSA subsidiary, they even use an eliptic curve that the NSA hand made, in some of there so-called crypto algo’s – they are only where they are because of years of net neutrality now they want to kill that, sound familar? Globalist love there oligarchies

      • Rowan09

        How am I getting out the box? What I stated is 100% true. You shouldn’t say since Google can do it Apple can as well, when they follow two different business models. NSA has nothing to do with this issue.

      • Its the same reason the rest of america out sources. I appreciate the effort Apple is putting out to bring some of that back to the states too.

      • Rowan09

        The first rule in business is to make money, anything any company does (especially a publicly traded company) is to make more money. People in China want these jobs since they pay more than most of the jobs in China. China is exploiting its people just like America and every other country. The business making money is not going to suddenly want to stop making money. Look at what happens to Apple’s stock when they sell 1 million less than predicted by analysts. It’s just the world we live in and it will never change.

      • SoylentGreen

        Thats not free market capitalism mate, i thought that, ppl like apple are globalists and stamp all over capitalism at each and every chance, they want monopoly, zero competition. How many tech companies have apple bought just to bury the tech? I dont even know figures but i just know its lots, to be the biggest fish in the pond you need to eat a load of other fish.

      • Rowan09

        You can’t be more wrong. Apples business model wouldn’t make them a monopoly because they like to keep tech to themselves. Monopolies like Microsoft was is the only option because they gave software to every manufacturers. Popularity does not equate to monopoly. If Apple wanted to be a monopoly in regards to the iPhone they could have made the OS open source and give it to all phone manufacturers before Android existed.

      • They don’t buy every single company that does the same thing, they buy the company they’ll is best for what they want. Every need competition, its healthy.

    • Lol where I am, we have our own issues with wages. They should take it one country at a time.. I don’t they’d have any say over how much they pay their employees.

    • therealjjohnson

      Do you really think that’s why these parts were stolen?

    • Bravadu

      He stole $1,000 worth of iphone 6 cases. What wage do you propose they pay their workers so they wouldn’t do this again in the future?

  • Anmol Malhotra

    I hear he also tried to smuggle out an Apple Watch but the buyer thought he was surely joking.

  • NaSty

    Imagine if he had sold it to a buyer in the US

  • Peter Fernandes

    Apple shits them selves overthis? 6 stolen shells whats the big difference goforward and steal more at least they deserve to be stolen due to low payment and slavery also for those guys who commited suicide and apple gave a shit.

    Sure it sucks to be stolen but apple haves billions and they shit them selves over this?

    Dear lord

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Bro, its not about stealing , its about leaking the parts! Which we saw this year too like all the past years..

      • NeftyCorrea

        Either way the parts were leaked from other sources so it really doesn’t matter in my opinion Apple is worth more then billions at this point

    • Tobias9413

      I don’t think its Apple having a shit, more like Foxconn. Apple only pays Foxconn. And yeah sure it’s just some a couple of shells, but by that logic then I should be able to steal a couple of PS4 from my job to sell because we have plenty of those and it’s only a couple. I shouldn’t get in trouble for it. Right?

      • Antzboogie

        Foxconn and Apple know what they are doing exploiting workers read the reports. Apple is trying but they love paying people low wages. Why not bring all those factories to the US and give us all the jobs. Its called Capitalism look it up sometime. Excellent products weak pay.

      • felixtaf

        Its not simple as you say. But to built plants are manufacture parts is not easy and will cost a huge investment. Who in the right mind will burn a house to kill a rat?

      • Antzboogie

        Its crazy maybe one day this world can be about morals and ethics and not always about money. Rich get richer and the poor get more poor. Smh

      • felixtaf

        It will never happen. Money makes many things and sadly people will do anything for money (not everyone though). There are still good people in the world!

      • Antzboogie

        Well said and very true.

      • Rowan09

        Give Americans the jobs and pay them how much? Americans will not do this type of work for minimum wage, come on you know American greed. We are already being underpaid here.

    • Rowan09

      Stealing is wrong. I’m from America and being underpaid and it’s no excuse to just start stealing because I want to make a quick buck. People line up to work at Foxconn because they pay a good salary compared to other companies in China. People will always be underpaid and it’s no excuse to steal.

    • felixtaf

      Even if you steal 1$, you will still be called a thief. Doesnt matter the amount you steal. The guy was given a work ,for which he was paid. Even if he wasnt paid or under paid, it doesnt justifies his act.

      Apple must have an agreement with Foxconn about confidentiality about its parts. So leaking parts will have effect on Foxconn’s contract too.

      Low wages – Apple cant do anything for that. Its an American company and am damn sure it cant influence a Chinese company/government.

  • Fanboy 

    What was Gizmodo doing in China?

  • Micky Ganon

    angry chinese

  • DopamineAddicted

    That’s 6 people who couldn’t get their phone. SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HamptonWalley

    The manufacturing process should be here in the USA, we have so many unemployed negers and they would not steal.

    • felixtaf

      You think so? I doubt that. Most thieves steal because they are lazy to work. I lived in a poor country for past 3 years. I have seen people from different countries working there and making money. But the local guys are selling drugs and stealing others money! They jus refuse to go to school or work!

      • Rowan09

        It’s a little more complicated. The government messed up JA and If you notice we don’t export anything much from Jamaica. America was mad in the 80s because we wanted to become friends with Cuba and that’s what caused the downfall. When people don’t see a way out they go to stealing, killing, etc.

      • felixtaf

        Govts mess up all the countries. Politicians must have some credibility to lead.
        I have seen so many young guys/girls strive hard, borrow money to pay school fees, find small jobs to support their family n themselves. And Also guys who wont go to work and simply steal to survive.

      • Rowan09

        There’s always the bad ones taking advantage.

  • Foellarbear

    I don’t blame the guy. Anybody would be tempted to steal if somebody is offering them that much cash.

  • JudahVoorhees

    this has nothing to do with stealing or leaking parts..every year sense the very first iPhone there are parts being leaked in order to build anticipation for the device..this is a marketing strategy that apple has boosted apples sales and it works..if you think apple doesn’t play a key role in this then you are crazy..the only difference between this leaked part and the other leaked parts we have all seen in the past few weeks is that this one actually has a apple logo on it..besides that there all the same..there was a video going around a week before the release showing some one in china not only having the 6 plus but showing that it was fully operational ….so at the end of the day this story doesn’t seem to legit 2 me..

  • totallymichael

    Wish they would’ve kept that darker gray back. Not really a fan of them making the “Space Grey” slightly lighter than on 5/5S.

  • Alberto Espinal

    They should make them pay a fine of $100,000 U.S to whoever leaks an Apple product and make them sign a waiver and see who is going to dare to leak anything, They would have to work through two lives to pay that off!!

    • Rowan09

      That’s too harsh.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Rowan but if you have nothing to fear you will sign it, if you are not a thief I will say give me that I’ll sign the damn paper, lol

      • Rowan09

        Just like the Rockefeller Drug laws were too harsh and didn’t deter crime, it just put more people in prisons. Laws will never prevent criminals from breaking the law.

  • Eikast

    I hate to be that guy but there’s a flaw in this article.

    “The Chinese police arrested a Foxconn factory worker suspected of having stolen and sold shells of the iPhone 6 on September 4,”

    “Foxconn noticed the missing parts in mid-August”
    Did Foxconn time travel? :p

    • Denysk

      They probably mean that Foxconn noticed the theft in August and the guy got arrested in September since it took them 20 days to go through the camera recordings.

      • Eikast

        Oh okay. I took it as they just arrested the guy who was suspected of stealing and selling the iPhone 6 parts on September 4th.

    • felixtaf

      Could be the parts were stolen in mid august and sold in sep 4!

    • Rowan09

      Or… Maybe the Chinese can time travel? Lol

    • benny001

      You are mis-understanding. Foxcon noticed it in mid august then there was investtigation and cought the guy in september

  • Bugs Bunnay

    160 each? better than selling drugs!

  • Ucha Rulz

    Nothing to worry apple !!!!!!!! Apple only made shell Most of the inside parts made by samsung & Sony !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • SoylentGreen

    Iphone buyers im guessing are the yuppies that would not consider that these people should be applauded for managing to eek out a few extra greenbacks @ apples expense, pennies these parts cost to produce, but they try vilify a guy working for one of the richest companies on planet earth for trying to have more than a bowl of rice a day. You guys are pimped by apple to the max, they have a shocking record regards using SLAVE yes slave labor, they give all your stuff to the NSA & in the states they rape you, blah hundred dollars for a contract phone?? Eh wtf?? Please at least see apple for the money hungry, tax exempt, Eugenics supporting, NSA subsiduary that they are, these ppl dont care about the poor ppl in the east or the not so poor ppl in the west they care about the cash and are on record as being anti-human. If you do nowt else today please look up modern day eugenics & How they continue to lie that ebola is not airborne, it was PROVEN airborne in 1996! Please wake up

  • mav3rick

    $160 for case only should be right as from the final retail price…