Apple reportedly warned employees in an internal memo that it "caught 29 leakers" previous year and that 12 were arrested, adding that workers who disclose information to the media have "everything to lose".
The company said in a strongly worded memo that it had caught 29 people who leaked information a year ago, and 12 of them were arrested. The company need to deal with both the leaks among its own corporate employees as well as from its supplier partners. In another case, details about an unreleased software package were leaked, which gave away secrets about the Apple iPhone X and the most recent Apple Watch prior to their introductions. Apple warns that it "may seem flattering" to be approached for information, but that in end, "you're getting played". This means that Apple might not only keep the price, but there is a chance they might even increase it to help make up for "lost" sales on 2017's iPhone X.
Earlier today, Apple sent a memo to its employees warning them not to leak, but it should probably worry about the US FCC.
It goes on to say that it's not just a employment at Apple that's at risk, and that "the Apple employee who leaks has everything to lose".More news: Teachers Return To Capitol After OEA Ends Walkout
Though the leak from the FCC isn't completely unreliable, don't get your hopes up until Apple introduces it themselves, which could likely happen at WWDC this year. Apple discovered the employee that leaked what was said at the meeting, and fired him.
This discovery was made via a document Apple filed with the US FCC in September 2017. 9to5Mac noted that additional leaks suggested the third color was killed off because Apple couldn't attain the yields necessary for release.
Apple didn't specify who was arrested or what they were charged with.
Apple has a long history of trying to tightly control information about its products and culture. Multiple employees were caught sharing details about the iPhone X, iPad Pro and Airpods with a 9to5 Mac reporter, according to the memo. "The potential criminal consequences of leaking are real", says Tom Moyer of Global Security, "and that can become part of your personal and professional identity forever". They are the result of a decision by someone who may not have considered the impact of their actions. "The best way to honor those contributions is by not leaking".