"The memo conflates "leaking" -which is likely a violation of Apple's corporate confidentiality agreement but not criminal - with serious criminal wrongdoing such as stealing trade secrets for a competitor, or hacking into Apple's property computer systems", said Braunig. They hit the same day Apple released a red version of the iPhone 8, and a leaked memo showing fury from Apple execs over employee leaks. Hundreds of software engineers were in attendance. Apple discovered the employee that leaked what was said at the meeting, and fired him. "While it may seem flattering to be approached, it's important to remember that you're getting played", it stated, adding that once a person loses their job for leaking, finding employment elsewhere could be hard.
"The impact of a leak goes far beyond the people who work on a project", the leaked memo includes. The company declined to comment on Friday.
Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) takes a picture with David Casarez (R) who just purchased the new iPhone X at an Apple Store on November 3, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. They also state that once a leaker is fired, Apple will try hard to make finding employment elsewhere almost impossible.More news: Ekiti Guber Election: Fayemi notifies APC leaders, public on interest to run
So at the same time as offering an even-more-expensive iPhone X model, the price of the entry-level iPhone SE could fall as low as $300, they say.
Apple didn't specify who was arrested or what they were charged with.
Every year the details of the new products are leaked ahead of the launch. The unreleased OS detailed soon-to-be-announced software and hardware, including the iPhone X. Within days, the leaker was identified through an internal investigation and fired.
The claims came after Apple had allegedly sent a letter to senior figures in the music industry last month. In 2017, Apple caught 29 leakers. 12 of them were arrested. Apple's Global Security team led the internal investigations and worked with suppliers to beef up their security. 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.