Apple: 12 People Were Arrested for Leaks in 2017

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A memo meant for Apple employees' eyes only revealed that 29 leakers were caught previous year by Apple.

The official memo begins with recently leaked information about an internal meeting held by Apple's senior vice president of engineering, Craig Federighi. Hundreds of software engineers were in attendance.

To recall, a report on Japanese blog Macotakara has previously suggested that Apple could launch a new "blush gold" colour variant of iPhone X to help the company increase sales of the device, though an exact launch date is unclear at this point.

"While it may seem flattering to be approached, it's important to remember that you're getting played", it read. A scoop about an unreleased Apple product can generate massive traffic for a publication and financially benefit the blogger or reporter who broke it.

"The memo conflates "leaking" -which is likely a violation of Apple's corporate confidentiality agreement but not criminal - with serious criminal wrongdoing such as stealing trade secrets for a competitor, or hacking into Apple's property computer systems", said Braunig.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple. According to the memo, of the dozen individuals arrested, some were employees, while others were contracts and partners in the company's supply chain. "These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere", Apple added.

Every year the details of the new products are leaked ahead of the launch.

Apple said, though not in as many words, that if found guilty the leakers would face hell. The leaked information can result either in negative sales of an existing product or a slow start to a new product or can give a chance to competitors to enter the market before Apple does. Accordingly, the employees who leaked information lost everything when they were caught red-handed. The memo ends on a note from executive Greg Joswiak. Recall, Apple will likely introduce two iPhones this year with OLED displays, a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus and a second-gen iPhone X. More interesting, though, is the tidbit that Apple and Samsung are still negotiating on price for the OLED panels. Previous year they fired another employee for leaking details to 9to5mac.

While they carry serious consequences, leaks are completely avoidable. "The best way to honor those contributions is by not leaking".

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