Sorry, also-rans: FCC agrees to conceal Apple iPhone trade secrets indefinitely

“On May 28, 2009 or eleven days prior to Apple’s unveiling of their next generation iPhones, Apple sought short and indefinite confidential treatment for documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission,” MacNN reports.

“In the first term, Apple requested that certain documents be withheld from the public for a short term of forty-five days. These documents included Test Setup Photographs, External Photographs, Internal Photo graphs and the iPhone’s User Manual,” MacNN reports.

“In the second term, Apple requested Permanent Confidentiality for five distinct documents pertaining to the iPhone which included a Block Diagram, Operational Description, a Radio Schematic, Radio Bill of Material and Antenna and Patterns. According to Apple, the said documents reveal detailed technical and design information that is protected by Apple as confidential and proprietary trade secrets,” MacNN reports. “The public documents posted by the FCC on June 8, reflect Apple’s request for confidentiality.”

The full copy of Apple’s formal request via MacNN is here.

MacDailyNews Take: Of course, this does nothing to “Pre”vent the also-rans from their usual modi operandi of simply buying iPhone 3G S units and taking them apart to see how it’s done.

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