Apple employees warned and arrested for leaking information, reveals a leaked memo

Eloise Marshall
April 14, 2018

Earlier this year, Apple caught an employee who leaked details of an internal meeting where Apple's senior vice president of engineering Craig Federighi informed employees that certain software features in iOS would be delayed.

Here's what's amusing: on the same day that Apple's memo urging employees to not leak company information, we just got, well, another leak. In 2017, Apple caught 29 leakers.

It reminds employees that when they're approached by press, analysts and bloggers they're "getting played".

The leaked memo also stated that leaking "undermines" the people who've worked on the products for months and "can negatively impact sales" since it gives insider information to rival companies.

The memo, which was posted to an internal Apple message board, stated that the company had caught twenty nine leakers past year and twelve of them were arrested. "These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere", it read.

Despite the warning, the threatening memo about leaking was leaked to Bloomberg. The company need to deal with both the leaks among its own corporate employees as well as from its supplier partners. "The best way to honor those contributions is by not leaking", added the memo. 9to5Mac noted that additional leaks suggested the third color was killed off because Apple couldn't attain the yields necessary for release.

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A few days ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out that Apple would stand to gain a lot from monetizing user data, but that they don't do so because they value their users' privacy.

It makes sense why a company such as Apple wants to keep its product details private until they are primed for release to the public.

Advanced technology is now making it easier for companies to catch leakers. Multiple employees were caught sharing details about the iPhone X, iPad Pro and Airpods with a 9to5 Mac reporter, according to the memo.

Apple Stores have been flooded with iPhone users in search of iPhone battery replacement since the end of previous year.

While they carry serious consequences, leaks are completely avoidable. "The best way to honor those contributions is by not leaking".

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