According to tech reporter Bloomberg, Apple is threatening legal action. This information comes from an internal memo released to employees with a simple message, any employees that leak any ‘Confidential’ information will be sacked and could face legal action. Which could be difficult for that member of staff as other companies won’t want to employ them due to their untrustworthiness.
According to 9to5Mac:
The memo specifically references 9to5Mac and the iOS 11 GM leak that we received last fall which led to discovering the iPhone X name and features, Animoji, and the cellular Apple Watch Series 3 ahead of Apple’s event.
Also contained in the leaked memo about leaking, Apple claims the employee that leaked the copy of the iOS 11 before the official release date was fired after being caught within a number of days. While other people who leaked internal information were also caught and fired.
Just before last September’s special event, an employee leaked a link to the gold master of iOS 11 to the press, again believing he wouldn’t be caught. The unreleased OS detailed soon-to-be-announced software and hardware including iPhone X. Within days, the leaker was identified through an internal investigation and fired. Global Security’s digital forensics also helped catch several employees who were feeding confidential details about new products including iPhone X, iPad Pro and AirPods to a blogger at 9to5Mac.
The memo also references the claims that iOS 12 will have a limited feature-set. Some statistics for you now – 29 employees were fired with 12 employees arrested. This latest announcement is a shame because it means that we will get fewer leaks on future apple ‘Projects’.