Leaked Apple memo: 12 employees were arrested a year ago for leaking secrets

Alonzo Simpson
April 15, 2018

In one of the most strict measures taken by Apple Inc, which is the world's largest technology company, its employees were warned to stop leaking information to contractors and supply chain partners.

In addition, the post said that "in some cases", leakers "face jail time and massive fines for network intrusion and theft of trade secrets both classified as federal crimes". But the company has strategized well to persuade Apple loyals to pay more for newer products while appealing first-time customers with lower-priced models.

James Damore, an ex-Google engineer who shared a 10-page memo criticizing company policies, says he can't get a job after being fired (much like Apple's aforementioned threat) because Google is essentially "the don" or "godfather" of Silicon Valley. There were rumors Apple would release a copper gold or "blush gold" version of the iPhone X at launch, but it never materialized.

Was Apple facing any production related issues that it scrapped the idea of launching iPhone X in a gold variant?

Apple has maintained its privacy and always been a secretive company, but with its growth leaks have become harder to deal.

Following the leak to The Outline, Bloomberg - and others - had a marquee year.

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Apple has a long history of trying to tightly control information about its products and culture. That, Apple continued, would fundamentally weaken the security of its products, opening them up not just to legal searches but malicious hackers and governments, including mass surveillance programs. "12 of those were arrested", read the memo.

"The negotiations are still in flux", the report notes, "and a recent visit of Samsung honchos to Apple's headquarters didn't end with mutual understanding". The success of these outsiders is measured by obtaining Apple's secrets from you and making them public.

Apple seems to be notorious for its culture of secrecy and has reportedly made employees sign non-disclosure agreements specific to projects and even used black cloths to cover unreleased products.

The company told employees that leaking product details or anything before launch date will impact the sales of the current models. Leakers not only lose their job but also may have trouble getting hired elsewhere.

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

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