Apple, it’s good. Seriously. You don’t need to blind your iOS 15 engineers to avoid leaks • The Register
During the development of iOS 15, Apple reportedly limited the extent to which engineers could see features worked by other colleagues to avoid potential leaks.
As spotted by 9to5Mac, each new feature introduced with the beta of iOS 15 comes with a unique flag associated with a “disclosure requirement”. Internal versions of the operating system check the unique profile of each engineer and tester against this indicator, thus limiting access to certain features.
Apple has historically obscured its operations through a thick veil of secrecy. It has something to do with protecting the intellectual property of the company and ensuring that it retains full control over how information about its upcoming products is disseminated.
In the past, he has zealously protected this secret. After Gizmodo purchased a stolen preview version of the iPhone 4, under circumstances that raised ethical and legal questions, Apple responded by contacting local law enforcement, who raided the journalist suspected of ‘to be responsible.
Apple is also said to have an internal secret police force, known as the global loyalty team, responsible for protecting the secrecy of its upcoming products and eliminating potential leaks.
In recent years, Apple has struggled to maintain that shroud, in part due to the extended nature of its supply chain, which introduces multiple potential leak vectors. Sometimes these leaks occur without any foul play on the part of the component manufacturer.
Earlier this year, attackers hacked into Quanta Computer, obtaining confidential blueprints that allegedly represented the upcoming MacBook Pro laptops.
Despite these measures, Apple has been known to inadvertently reveal upcoming project changes through simple human error. Earlier this week, the company uploaded images from its WWDC event containing metadata references to an M1X chip and an M1X MacBook Pro.
This error effectively confirmed the name of the M1 successor, as well as Apple’s likely next upcoming Mac. After others realized its mistake, Apple quickly removed these tags, but the cat was by then totally out of the bag. ®