2018's iPhone X Could Be Priced More Than $1000

Apple in a lengthy memo posted to its internal blog said it ‘caught 29 leakers,’ last year and 12 of them were arrested

Apple in a lengthy memo posted to its internal blog said it ‘caught 29 leakers,’ last year and 12 of them were arrested

Putting Apple in a rather harsh light, a freshly leaked memo shows the draconian measures it takes to stop employees and business partners from leaking sensitive information.

The memo said "leakers in the supply chain" were also getting caught, adding: "Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple".

The memo warned that anyone caught leaking company information may not just lose their jobs, but they could face jail and fines.

It makes sense why a company such as Apple wants to keep its product details private until they are primed for release to the public.

Apple sympathizers will say that leakers are fundamentally different from whistleblowers-employees may justifiably feel compelled to speak out about wrongs committed at a company, but leaking for leaking's sake is bad for morale.

When Apple launched the iPhone X this past November, the device wasn't exactly easy to find.

The latest report challenges an earlier analysis by RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani, who claimed Apple's 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X models could cost $899 and $999, respectively, while the LCD model could fetch around $700. 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. Tech companies like Apple have the means to discover who is passing along confidential information. In 2012 Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple will double down the secrecy on the product, but it doesn't seem like. The leaked memo states that a hundred software engineers and a thousand employees withheld this information.

Hajek's renders are popular in that they generally imagine what Apple products could be, or what they could have been. 12 of those were arrested.

Internal leaks are frequent in Silicon Valley companies, but have been noted to be on the increase at Apple particularly. Last year, another employee was sacked for leaking details about the iPhone X, iPad Pro, and AirPods to 9to5Mac. Global Security has worked hand-in-hand with suppliers to prevent theft of Apple's intellectual property as well as to identify individuals who try to exceed their access.

While they carry serious consequences, leaks are completely avoidable.

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