As I speculated yesterday, Apple's lawsuit was most likely over the
rumored Asteroid audio interface. Apple has subpoenaed AppleInsider,
PowerPage, and Think Secret to try to determine the source of the leak,
reports Engadget.
It's not clear from Engadget's tip whether Apple is seeking a subpoena
or has gotten one already. Since a subpoena is a court order, parties
would legally have to appear in court, though legally journalists don't
have to divulge stories.

Anything you read here is entirely speculative, and I'm certainly not
qualified to comment on legal issues! I will say companies do have some
good reasons for trying to keep their secrets: competitive
manufacturers can get a real edge, and product leaks can create user
expectations companies don't want. In any case, for better or worse,
for many of us it's more important to maintain our relationships with
these companies because our primary job is writing about released
products. (Oh, and that Apple flying car — that's not happening.
Though I hope Apple sends me a review model if it does.)

  • Guest

    Leaks don't just create erroneous expectations; they also create perfectly reasonable expectations at the wrong time. SJ is obsessed with keeping things secret until he wants them public for two reasons: [1] to preserve his rock star moments at conventions, and [2] to safeguard the many millions of dollars of free publicity he thinks a surprise announcement gets him.

  • Guest

    You may be right, but I for me, this leak (true or not) may be a hint that we're not too far away from an integrated audio solution from Apple – and I suspect that an all-from-one-manufacturer system will work most flawlessly.

  • admin

    Jobs does have a reputation for secrecy, yes, ever since he posted a 'Loose Lips Sink Ships' poster at NeXT.

    But I don't think Apple's desire to control private technical information is unusual. I just can't think offhand of Web sites being targeted so specifically.

    Does this confirm an upcoming Apple audio box? I'll, uh, leave you to connect the dots there! 😉

    I will say, though, and you'll likely be hearing this from me a LOT, ANY vendor can write good drivers for a Mac audio box. They don't have to be Apple. That's no rumor, either.

  • Guest

    …mostly. 🙂 The only place we disagree is on Apple targeting specific web sites. Having been on the inside, I can tell you it happens all the time. Sites post leaks, Apple sends them a disquieting email, they pull the leaks. It's a constant dance. Subpeonas are somewhat less common but hardly a new phenomenon.

  • admin

    I said I couldn't THINK of one, not that it was ununsual.

    I can't remember what I'm doing half the time, so that's not much to go on. :grin