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Apple Fired Engineer over Early iPhone X Leak by his Daughter

An employee of Apple was fired because of an innocent mistake of filming the iPhone X on the company’s campus by his daughter. When the young daughter met her father for lunch she shot an iPhone X review video for her YouTube channel in the cafeteria of Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. After posting the video on her channel, it was widely shared by many Apple fans and tech websites. Apparently, the phone belonged to her dad, who worked roughly for four years in radio frequency and wireless circuit design for the iPhone.


This news broke out when Ms. Peterson shared another video feeling sorry for her mistake. According to the company’s rules, it is strictly prohibited to film on its campus. She said her father was fired by the company for breaking rules.

In the video, her dad uses the iPhone X to pay for lunch before he allows her to use it. The video inadvertently revealed codenames of unreleased Apple products in a text file and some employee-only QR codes. Although the viral video was immediately deleted by Brooke on Apple’s request, it was shared widely across YouTube by others.

In a subsequent video posted by Brooke on YouTube, she said that Apple asked her to remove the “innocent” video and fired her father from the job for breaking the rules.


“My dad showed me his phone and I was filming it in the Apple cafeteria. So, yeah, I made this little innocent video that was just supposed to be this fun memory of me and my family … and I have no idea how my video got so much attention considering how many other iPhone X videos there are.”

“Apple really did like my dad. And they let him go. Because he broke a rule,” she said. “It was an innocent mistake, and he fully apologizes.”

“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. They had to do what they had to do,” she added.

She also added that “My dad had a really great run at Apple and he appreciates that company for everything they did for his career … my dad’s gonna be OK, he’s an incredible human being and, yeah, I don’t think he deserves this but we’re OK. We’re good.”

However, Apple hasn’t yet confirmed that the man has been fired nor responded to a request for comment.

The pre-orders of iPhone X have started. Apple will start shipping the gadgets to its customers from Nov 3.

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