Apple warns employees: Leaking iPhone info can land you in jail

Apple warns employees: Leaking iPhone info can land you in jail

A bipartisan group within the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, looking for answers on why the agency took Apple to court to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook.

The memo obtained by Bloomberg cites specific examples of people the company caught, including an employee who leaked information about the company's plans from an internal meeting.

The memo, which was seen by Bloomberg, claims that Apple "caught 29 leakers" a year ago alone, and that of those, 12 were arrested.

Apple appears to have planned a Gold Apple iPhone X according to documents filed with United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The memo attempts to curb internal leaks by warning employees that reporters and media outlets may try to befriend them, but the cost of a leak means reporters earn more web traffic while the employees could lose their jobs. "We want the chance to tell our customers why the product is great, and not have that done poorly by someone else", Joswiak wrote in the memo.

"Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple".

The memo goes as far as to name an outlet that had been receiving information about future products. Previous year they fired another employee for leaking details to 9to5mac.

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The full text of the memo can be read over at Bloomberg. A memo meant for Apple employees' eyes only revealed that 29 leakers were caught a year ago by Apple.

In many cases, leakers don't set out to leak.

Apple is known for not divulging any information about upcoming products before they launch.

This week DJ Mag claimed that sources inside Apple had said iTunes downloads would be stopped next year. They've also partnered with suppliers to identify vulnerabilities - both physical and technological - and ensure their security levels meet or exceed Apple's expectations.

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.

It concludes by sharing the news that 12 of the leakers in 2017 were arrested. "And that can become part of your personal and professional identity forever". Leaks can also impact sales of current devices, as consumers hold off on buying as they know something better is soon to arrive.


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