Has Apple asked the FCC for discretion and confidentiality about some of the iPhone details? This is what would emerge from a letter written on Cupertino's letterhead and published yesterday by some American sites which could also reveal the "last" date of presentation of the product.
The letter that you can see reproduced on this page, addressed to the body that in the USA evaluates wireless devices for compatibility with American standards, in particular indicates the need not to reveal information on schematic diagram, block diagram, operation theory and antenna system. In addition to this, Apple also requests that the FCC website, which normally publishes visible to all details of the devices under test, does not present images of the interior and exterior of the device, photos of the set-up for the tests and the user manual.
The reasons for who Apple wants this information to be kept confidential is that of not giving competitors an "illicit competitive advantage" by allowing them to view details that could allow, Cupertino fears, to create similar or inspired devices to the one presented.
Apple's fear could be founded. Normally the FCC website publishes these details well in advance of the release of the devices it is testing; this means that confidential and potentially crucial details (such as internal components or some elements of the software interface) could serve to facilitate the work of the Chinese "cloners".
Apple believes that all information available to the FCC can be released after June 15. The interesting date because not only is in the middle of the month indicated by Apple for the launch of the phone in the US, but also falls at the end of WWDC, the worldwide meeting of the developers of the platform.
But is it an iPhone or another device with a radio antenna as an airport base? It cannot be obtained from the document with certainty given that the FCC internal reference is missing.
(added: with a search in the archive of requests submitted to the FCC, Engadget and ArsTechnica found a document perfectly matching the one mentioned at the top of the page – see this link – except for two details: the end date of the embargo on January 15 and the FCC ID is the same as the one used by Airport Express. You can draw your own conclusions!)