Apple has reportedly fired one of its engineer after an iPhone X hands-on video of his daughter went viral on YouTube. Earlier this week, Brooke Amelia Peterson published a vlog which included a tour of the Apple campus to visit her father and see an unreleased iPhone X. The video of Peterson was immediately picked up by sites such as 9to5Mac, and it spread even further on YouTube.
Peterson now claims that her father has been dismissed as a result of her video. In a tearful video, Peterson explains that her father violated a rule of the Apple company by letting her film the unreleased handset at the campus of Apple. Apple reportedly asked Peterson to remove the video. However, it was clearly too late as the content spread even further.
The video itself may have appeared like an innocent hands-on. However, it did include footage of an iPhone X with special employee-only QR codes. A notes app was also exposed on the iPhone X in the video, which seemed to include codenames of Apple products that are still unreleased. Filming on the campus of Apple is strictly prohibited, so recording an unreleased iPhone X is certainly a rule violation.
The world had seen similar dismissals in the past when an employee of Microsoft was fired after his son posted pictures of the Xbox 360 prior to its release. The dismissed Apple engineer had worked at the company for about four years, building the wireless circuit design and the iPhone RF.
Apple has been reached out to confirm the dismissal. However, the company is yet to respond to a request for comment.