A couple of days back we suggested that it wouldn’t be long until Apple blocked sales of a new iHub USB device, a gadget looks remarkably like a Mac Mini – it appears that is now the case.
The iHub was designed to look like it was made for your Apple laptop or desktop, operating as an un-powered USB hub with a light up Apple logo, just like the back of your laptop. It was made of white plastic with an inset Apple logo and came in white or black, until Apple asked the retailer to remove the device from sale.
9to5mac details how one of its commenters highlighted its removal, suggesting Apple had put pressure on M.I.C Gadget to remove it. As a result, the link to the product was pulled from the store, with the product page stating that “the product is no longer available”.
Customers received an email from the retailer, notifying them of Apple’s request to cease selling its device, also letting them know that if an iHub purchase was made before Apple’s request, they would see their orders fulfilled:
Dear Customer, We are warned by Apple Inc. to stop selling the iHub and pull it down from our store. If you have already made a purchase, you are one of the lucky ones. We ship all orders within 3 working days after payment made but due to the Easter Public Holiday from Apr 22~25, shipping resumes only Apr 26. As we have many orders to process, there will be a slight delay. Delivery takes 10-14 working days after ship out from Hong Kong and tracking will be provided upon ship out. Please accept our apologies and rest assured that we are working hard to rectify this. w/rgds, Cyril Chang
Some lucky customers will be getting their iHub gadgets within the week, others will have to look on with envious eyes.