In an internal memo to employees, Apple threatened severe consequences for leaking confidential company information - reminding staff that those who leak can lose their jobs, have hard finding future employment, and even get arrested. He also said the CEOs approached Apple to find a middle ground for the case by inking a licensing deal, but the United States firm has rejected the offer. The memo highlights how earlier this year, they caught and fired an employee who leaked details from an internal meeting.
Apple ended the threatening memo with a plea to employees to consider "the impact of their actions", on the rest of their colleagues.
Though the leak from the FCC isn't completely unreliable, don't get your hopes up until Apple introduces it themselves, which could likely happen at WWDC this year.
Ignoring the fact that Apple clearly has no idea how journalism actually works, you have to love the sheer amount of spittle-flecked invective directed at the very people that helped make Apple the success story it is. They highlighted how Apple has been successful in persuading its customers to increase what they pay for iPhones from an average of somewhere around $600 to almost $800 in the last few years.
The memo was published as an internal company blog post. Given their size and the number of contractors they work with, occasional leaks are bound to come out.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the memo was in reference to the 9to5Mac as well as the iOS 11 GM leaks which were seen previous year and revealed the iPhone X name along with its features, Animoji, followed by the cellular Apple Watch Series 3 leak which happened ahead of Apple's event. In 2017, Apple caught 29 leakers. Now, Apple Store employees have admitted that the Cupertino-based company is hiring external contractors to assist the Apple Store employees. Chances are, the March 2019 announcement window and subsequent tail off is a result of forecasting for where they see iTunes Store sales trending over the next 12 months. These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere. "The best way to honor those contributions is by not leaking".