Last week, a girl named Brooke Amelia Peterson made a hands-on video of the iPhone X and uploaded it on Youtube. The device featured in the video belonged to her father, an engineer working in Apple. Due to the hype the phone has so far garnered, it didn’t take long for the video to go viral which got the senior Peterson fired from his job. Peterson was working on RF and wireless circuit design for the iPhone X.
In the short hands-on video, shot at the Caffe Macs restaurant within the Apple’s campus, she shows off Apple Pay, and other user interface features. But the video also included some special employee-only QR codes, a notes app was also shown which appeared to include code names of unreleased Apple products.
Apple called for the removal of the video, which is exactly what Peterson did. But it was little too late as the video was already viral and was already picked up by many big sites.
Peterson, in her latest video, claims her father has been sacked as a result of her video. Company rules strictly prohibit the documenting of unreleased hardware, either by photos, video or description of the features. Unauthorized filming on Apple property is also forbidden. She said that the former Apple engineer took the full responsibility of giving her access to the iPhone X and that her family holds no animosity towards the company.
Peterson further said, “Apple let him go… At the end of the day, when you work for Apple, it doesn’t matter how good of a person you are, if you break a rule they just have no tolerance.
Firing an employee may sound a bit extreme, but it’s more about setting an example about how seriously Apple takes its rules and security.
This isn’t the first time there has been dismissals like this. In 2010, Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak claimed that he was shown an iPad 3G for a couple of minutes and the test engineer responsible for letting him access the tablet was fired. Once a Microsoft engineer was fired after his son posted pictures of the Xbox 360 before its release.
What’s interesting is that Apple has been completely silent over this issue and there has been no statements issued by the company so far.