American multinational technology company, Apple, reportedly warned its employees to not leak internal information about the company's future plans and said workers who leak information have "everything to lose".
The administration of the company Apple chose to punish their employees for disclosing classified information to the media.
The official memo begins with recently leaked information about an internal meeting held by Apple's senior vice president of engineering, Craig Federighi. So the document with the leaked pictures is creating some major hustle among Apple fans and employees alike.
Apple on its memo also mentioned that the leaked information about a new product can negatively impact sales of the current products.
Apple didn't specify who was arrested or what they were charged with.
One person was caught after sharing "a link to the gold master of iOS 11" with the press ahead of Apple's September iPhone X event, the memo indicates. Multiple employees were caught sharing details about the iPhone X, iPad Pro and Airpods with a 9to5 Mac reporter, according to the memo.
But in case Apple employees get too cosy hating journalists, there still some bile reserved for them. Now, Apple Store employees have admitted that the Cupertino-based company is hiring external contractors to assist the Apple Store employees.
While Apple made no public comment about that, leaks suggested the initial intent had indeed been to have three iPhone X finishes, not two. 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.
In many cases, leakers don't set out to leak. And for that, Apple hates them.
In Q4 2017, or call it Apple's fiscal Q1 2018, the high price of iPhone helped to see a record increase in the ASP (Average Selling Price), which clocked $796, up $100 YoY. These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere. "12 of those were arrested", read the memo.
While they carry serious consequences, leaks are completely avoidable. "The best way to honor those contributions is by not leaking", added the memo.