Apple issued a stern warning to employees this week about the disclosure of cfidential information to the media.
In a leaked memo detailing Apple's efforts to stop leaks, the company claims to have caught 29 leaks in 2017. Of these, 12 were arrested. Apple told employees that they "played" by reporters and bloggers who flatly approached them in exchange for information.
Apple experienced e of its worst leaks in 2017 after an employee sent a link to the master copy of iOS 11 before being released. The software ctained a number of details about the iPhone X and HomePod before they came out. The memo obtained by Bloomberg reveals that the employee was quickly discovered and fired.
Not ly could employees be fired for disclosing information, but Apple says it could be very difficult for them to be hired by other companies. The memo, posted Apple's internal website, states that leaks can hurt sales and give competitors a length ahead of the correspding features.