Report: Apple fires engineer who let daughter film iPhone X video on Apple campus

In a followup to her original iPhone X video shot on Apple’s campus, YouTube vlogger Brooke Peterson claims her dad has been fired by Apple over the incident. During a 5-minute video, Peterson visited her dad at Apple’s campus and included under a minute of footage of the new iPhone X’s screen and camera functionality. The video quickly went viral and in her next video Peterson tearfully recounts how the company fired her dad in the aftermath. “At the end of the day, when you work for Apple it doesn’t matter how good of a person you are,” she said. “If you break a rule, they just have no tolerance. They had to do what they had to do.”
While it was pretty easy for Apple to track down Peterson’s dad — who she describes as a “radio frequency engineer” — the company has also redoubled its efforts to root out leakers who do a better job of covering their tracks. In a briefing this summer, members of Apple’s Global Security communications and training team told employees the company has investigators who previously worked for the NSA, FBI, Secret Service and U.S. military constantly monitoring for leaks and tracking them back to the source. The company even coached employees about being careful around family members, with video featuring a worker who said, “I go through a lot of trouble not to talk about what I work on with my wife, with my teenage kids… with my friends, my family.”


Dan Pye was a news editor at iLounge. He's been involved with technology his whole life, and started writing about it in 2009. He's written about everything from iPhone and iPad cases to Apple TV accessories.