Apple takes delivery of 188 mysterious ocean containers

ImportGenius, a search engine that gathers "competitive intelligence" by monitoring U.S. Customs records of ocean containers entering American ports, reported on Friday that they've spotted a "major spike" since mid-March in ocean containers received by Apple marked with a mysterious new label: "electric computers"

"They have never before reported this product on their customs declarations," says ImportGenius managing director Ryan Peterson, who notes that there has been no corresponding falloff during this period of shipments labeled "desktop computers" or any of the other labels Apple usually uses.

"The fact that they are importing millions of units, combined with dwindling stocks of the first generation of iPhones," persuades Peterson that these "electric computers" are, in fact, the 3G iPhones Apple is expected to release in a matter of weeks. He makes a strong case, citing records of a total of 188 ocean containers shipped to Apple from two trusted Asian suppliers, Hon Hai Precision Corp. and Quanta Computer.

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With Apple marketing's ever so clever choice of words to advertise their products, you'd think they come up with something snappier than 'electric computers.' Or, possibly, their Asian exporters are suffering from a bad case of Engrish. 8)

What, we have international spies at every harbor, charting and logging every trace of cargo that has Apple's logo on it? Come on. This is just a tad extreme and creepy.

It seems like this company, ImportGenius, tracks ALL cargo coming into the US via containers, not specifically Apple stuff. People tend to notice things that are out of the ordinary, and I think this qualifies.