Leaked Apple memo urges employees to stop leaking company info

Leaked Apple memo urges employees to stop leaking company info

As leaks spread, Bloomberg noted an internal memo from Apple warning employees against any leaks.

Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple.

The memo, which was posted to an internal Apple message board, stated that the company had caught twenty nine leakers a year ago and twelve of them were arrested. "I have faith deep in my soul that if we hire smart people they're gonna think about this, they're gonna understand this, and ultimately they're gonna do the right thing, and that's to keep their mouth shut", one company V.P. said. The memo highlights how earlier this year, they caught and fired an employee who leaked details from an internal meeting.

It is speculated that Apple may launch a new color for iPhone X to improve mid-year sales before it launches improved iPhone X in 3 different models next September. While industry analysts have widely predicted that the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus with OLED displays will hit the premium range, Apple is also said to target the masses with its 6.1-inch LCD model priced in the $700-$800 range. The leaked memo states that a hundred software engineers and a thousand employees withheld this information. The memo highlighted that 12 of those leakers are arrested which determines to be the most stringent action taken in light of privacy breach.

Recent reports suggest that Apple might be getting ready to launch the gold iPhone X to revive flagging sales.


The March date won't be when services start being pulled but is instead when Apple will make its plan public, allowing users to make ample preparations for the service to close.

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. Last year, another employee was sacked for leaking details about the iPhone X, iPad Pro, and AirPods to 9to5Mac.

"The employee who leaked the meeting to a reporter later told Apple investigators that he did it because he thought he wouldn't be discovered". The company is also working with its suppliers to prevent theft of intellectual property, and to identify individuals who try to access information that they are not entitled to have. The memo added: "These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere".

While they carry serious consequences, leaks are completely avoidable.

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