Apple on Friday unleashed its powerful law machine on the website iphone5mod.com. The company sent a DMCA takedown notice in which they demanded the company stop selling an “iPhone 5 conversion kit” that resembles leaked photos for the company’s next generation iPhone.
The letter was sent to the website’s owners by OpSec Security, a company that claims to be working on Apple’s behalf.
In the notice, the website is accused of “offering for sale and selling merchandise bearing counterfeit Apple trademark(s).”
Apple reportedly wants the cases removed because they are in direct violation of several state and federal laws.
The site’s owners are located in Shenzhen, China.
At this time, already placed orders are being shipped, and the website’s owners say they will continue to take new orders for 48 hours before shutting down operations.
The company apparently knew this day would come all along and began noting that the design was based on “leaked” photos and that sales were for a limited time only. According to the company’s product description for its iPhone 5 mod:
“This is to prevent Apple from hunting us down, but do not worry, we will still ship out every single order even if Apple do contact us.”
In typical secretive fashion, Apple officials have not confirmed that the leaked photos match the new iPhone 5, which will be revealed at a major Apple press release on September 12.
Apple may not be making comments about the final design on the iPhone 5, but that silence is probably proof enough for some people to believe that the Chinese mod is close to the real thing.