Apple warned its employees against leaking to the media on Friday, Bloomberg reported. According to a new report, Apple recently sent a memo warning employees not to leak company information, saying 29 employees were caught a year ago, 12 of whom were arrested.
The dark new memo sharply contrasts with the company's typically sunny public face, describing Apple's efforts to catch and fire leakers who have "betrayed" the company's trust.
Recent reports suggest that Apple might be getting ready to launch the gold iPhone X to revive flagging sales.
It is noteworthy that we could lay a look at the gold version of iPhone X only because Apple had used the same version of the FCC filing. In the memo, Apple credits its own "investments" and digital forensics for helping it catch leakers. They highlighted how Apple has been successful in persuading its customers to increase what they pay for iPhones from an average of somewhere around $600 to almost $800 in the last few years.
Last year, Apple ran into hot water for slowing down the performance of some iPhones as a remedy to battery problems. These programs have almost eliminated the theft of prototypes and products from factories, caught leakers and prevented many others from leaking in the first place.
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. This message was then promptly leaked to Bloomberg, where it can be read in its entirety. In some cases, they face jail time and massive fines for network intrusion and theft of trade secrets both classified as federal crimes. The company has raised the spectre of potential action and criminal charges. But the memo's nearly boastful recounting of leakers' legal consequences is disturbing - and sure to intimidate whistleblowers who want to leak something more important than the date of the next iPhone release.