A California Superior Court has granted Apple a request to serve subpoenas on three Mac rumour Web sites so that the company can discover who leaked facts onto the Web about an unannounced product.

Apple is seeking to sue these individuals, according to a Reuters report.

The Mac Observer claims to have obtained Apple's seven-page civil complaint, which reveals that the product in question is an "audio hardware product code named Asteroid or Q97".

Apple names AppleInsider.com, PowerPage.org, and ThinkSecret.com in the complaint and asks that the sites produce all "documents relating to the identity of any individual or individuals who have knowledge regarding the source of posts on its site disclosing information about the product."

The court granted the order on December 14. A court conference is scheduled for April 19, 2005.