Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s extreme secrecy is quite apparent to all—so apparent that there are rumors about the company making new employees work on fake projects until they prove themselves. Those rumors however, are untrue.
The rumors alleged that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s new employees are given fake projects so that their trustworthiness can be tested. However, Apple Insider checked out a report from Ars Technica, which strongly disproves the rumors about fake projects. The publication interviewed numerous Apple employees, and all were skeptic that the company would waste time on fake projects.
It’s believed that the rumors came from Adam Lashinsky’s book Inside Apple, which talked about employees being hired into so-called “dummy positions.” Lashinsky himself however, said he probably didn’t phrase it properly, which resulted in misunderstandings.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has always been careful about its nickels and dimes, so it wouldn’t make sense for the company to throw money away on fake projects, no matter how concerned it is about leaks. In reality, the company has very few issues with leaks, probably because most of the workers at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters must sign a non-disclosure agreement. Also, many projects never end up seeing the light of day, not because they’re fake, but simply because they just don’t work out.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s biggest problems with leaks is likely to come from its overseas manufacturers. They are more likely to leak information because they don’t have as much to lose if they happen to get caught. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) executives say if they ever do question someone’s loyalty to the company or if someone actually does leak information, they simply get fired.
The company has been known to lock down from time to time when it hears about a potential leak. Security workers then go through employees’ desks in order to pinpoint the leak. However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) says leaks from its U.S. operations are rare.