During an employee Q&A, the company's director of global security was described as "gleefully" recounting how a blogger threw shade at Bloomberg's star Apple reporter Mark Gurman for not leaking major details on the HomePod speaker, saying "yeah, you got nothing". "The overall broad definition of confidential information makes it so employees don't say anything, even about issues they're allowed to talk about", he said. In 2016, Google fired an employee after the person shared internal posts criticizing an executive. It's unclear when it was posted.
The memo said "leakers in the supply chain" were also getting caught, adding: "Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple". This message was then promptly leaked to Bloomberg, where it can be read in its entirety.
The Apple logo is displayed on the exterior of an Apple Store on February 1, 2018, in San Francisco. 12 of them were arrested.
The memo says that Apple caught 29 leakers a year ago, 12 of whom were arrested, and threatens its employees with the same fate: "Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple", the memo states.
Apple says that digital forensics helped identify employees who passed along confidential information about the iPhone X, iPad Pro and AirPods directly to a particular phone blog (not us, by the way). It specifies that the employees who lose their jobs for leaking unannounced information face "extremely difficulty" finding employment elsewhere.
Recent technology, often created by the very companies involved, is making it easier for internal investigators to discover which employees are divulging information.
Investments by Apple have had an enormous impact on the company's ability to identify and catch leakers.
The anonymous source who leaked the email to Metro told the publication: "It's clear that streaming is the future".
It's certainly not a groundbreaking revelation that Apple takes its secrecy deeply seriously.
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's a reasonable goal, but talking about the number of employees you've had arrested seems like an over-the-top scare tactic".
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.