All companies place a great deal of importance on the secrecy of upcoming product launches, ensuring that detailed information about a new device is released at an appropriate time. Apple is one company that has always kept information close to their sleeve and at times, it has felt almost like overkill.
However, there are reasons for this degree of security and we only have to look at the GooPhone i5 as an example of just why companies go through such lengths regarding secrecy. The official iPhone 5 won’t get announced until next week on September 12th, but already, the majority of the details regarding this device have become public through a series of leaks. In fact, there is so much information that has been made public that a Chinese clone of the iPhone has been developed. Known as the GooPhone i5, this clone replicates the form factor of what the iPhone 5 is expected to look like, but where it differs is in the innards. The GooPhone 5 will be an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone that will be powered by a 1.4GHz Tegra 3 quad-core CPU and 1GB RAM. It will also have a rear 8MP camera along with a 4-inch screen that will support a pixel resolution of 1280×720.
We’ve seen Chinese knock-offs before and in fact, something to be expected with popular products. What makes the GooPhone a unique situation is that the company behind this product has managed to obtain a patent for the device in China. This means that Apple will face challenges when they launch and subsequently try and sell their iPhone 5 within the communist country and this could result in unwanted delays. It’s very likely that Apple has their bank of corporate lawyers already working overtime on this case to ensure that there are no export bans on the sixth generation iPhone, but we’ll have to see how this situation resolves itself over time.