Apple fires engineer after daughter's iPhone X hands on video goes viral



According to a video posted today, Apple has fired an engineer named Ken Bauer after his daughter posted a hands-on video about the iPhone X on YouTube. The daughter goes by the name of Brooke Peterson. Apple requested that Brooke take down the video, and while she did comply immediately with the company's desires, it was removed from the site well after the clip went viral.

Keep in mind that this was more than just a leaked iPhone X. This was an iPhone X that belonged to an Apple employee and the video revealed special QR codes on the phone that might have been for sensitive eyes only. A notes app showed possible code names of future Apple projects. By posting the video, Brooke left Apple no choice but to fire her dad. Otherwise, it would be sending the wrong message about security at Cupertino. Certainly the engineer should have known not to allow his daughter to have access to the device. Maybe it is not a perfect analogy, but you wouldn't expect a cop to allow his kid to play with his gun.


Brooke posted a follow-up video, which you'll find at the top of the story. In it, she explains how she filmed the hands-on in the Apple cafeteria and claimed that she had no subscribers at the time she released it. Basically, it was done "for fun" because she likes making YouTube videos. While she says that she had no idea that it was a violation, she also notes that her dad takes full responsibility for the events that transpired.

source: BrookeAmeliaPeterson

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94 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Lmao. That’s just funny

48. audibot

Posts: 632; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

every time i see the swipe up all i can think about is palm pre.

2. aegislash

Posts: 1492; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Remember when that one kid took an in depth video tour of his dad's HTC One M9 that wasn't released or even revealed yet, and the CEO of HTC US tweeted at the kid, basically threatening him with the authorities? These people are so funny, doing stupid sh*t and not thinking about the consequences.

3. nikhil23

Posts: 440; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

can't blame Apple. poor guy. I wish he get a good job and won't repeat this again

17. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1322; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Unfortunately his daughter severely reduced his ability to find a tech job easily.

105. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

False. He's an engineer. Not many people will have his level of expertise. Shows how much you know! Maybe he wanted to be dismissed?! After all, he knows the rules. Right? So maybe he just didn't give a crap.

109. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

quote from @Mellow "He is an RF Engineer & he is behind wireless circuit designs for like Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, FM, and NFC. Not behind Apple's CPU architecture. Like every other company he should sign an NDA with Apple before he leaves to avoid any legal actions against him & his daughter in this case & also to prevent future Apple secret projects leaks to its rivals Apple needs him to sign it & otherwise they have to take legal actions against him to protect their secret projects. So he is not allowed to work with any rival companies or in RF related projects that are similar to Apple's future projects, maybe for a few years. This is how the system works & he pretty much ruined his career as a RF Engineer who has a 29 years worth of experience. After an NDA violation chance of getting a job at a major company is very low." Shows how little you know Techie, f**k off now

37. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't feel remorse for him. If he can't follow simple company protocols, he don't deserve to work for the giants.

49. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Everyone keeps saying this has ruined him, sure it's bad but if this guy is a talented engineer (he helped design the A11) then he will get hired, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets hired by Google now that they won't to deign their own soc. Point is, he won't be starving on the street or working at a job he is overqualified for.

54. Mellow

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 27, 2017

He is an RF Engineer & he is behind wireless circuit designs for like Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, FM, and NFC. Not behind Apple's CPU architecture. Like every other company he should sign an NDA with Apple before he leaves to avoid any legal actions against him & his daughter in this case & also to prevent future Apple secret projects leaks to its rivals Apple needs him to sign it & otherwise they have to take legal actions against him to protect their secret projects. So he is not allowed to work with any rival companies or in RF related projects that are similar to Apple's future projects, maybe for a few years. This is how the system works & he pretty much ruined his career as a RF Engineer who has a 29 years worth of experience. After an NDA violation chance of getting a job at a major company is very low.

61. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Thanks for explaining, @Mellow. You've made me correctly understand the issue.

70. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Thanks to his actions now, we won't have FM Radio reception enabled in the latest iPhones! Oh.. wait...

82. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Oh, well then, thx for the clarification there mate! Thx again for not being a dick because I didn't know what kind of engineer he was.

5. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Have your dad go work for Google!

8. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Googel is the same s**t

6. maherk

Posts: 6843; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's not like hundreds of Youtubers didn't have hands-on videos posted when it was announced. I'm not saying the girlhad the right to post that video, but I feel sorry for the dad and his family now that their main source of income is gone because of an uncalculated naive mistake. May I would've been okay with this decision if no one knew anything about the phone.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why feel sorry the dad? Her dad know the rule and consequences.. It's just like He want to get fired

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah pretty much, clearly the dad was pretty okay with being recorded throughout the video

113. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

And here we have the perfect human beings, who never make mistakes, never have a lapse in judgment and are there to judge everyone else! Someone please call David Attenborough to document these rare individuals in their natural environment!

14. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

He is an engineer, who worked foe Apple. He will ahve a job Monday morning working for a rival. Like Google or Samsung or anyone hating Apple right now. Believe if it qas me, secrets to the highest bidders and take money and leqve the country. Just think of all the inside screts he can reveal and Apple will never know. Apple may have f'dup again.

55. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I think it is less about the phone and more about the info that got leaked. The employees only QR codes, and the notes inside the notes app could potentially give others insides to what Apple is working on.

114. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I think the issue isn't so much that she had the phone or made a video with it, its the fact that in her video she exposed (probably inadvertently) those QR codes, which as the article states could have held some company sensitive info.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4191; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Dad's as smart as the airhead daughtet

11. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I hope he goes to another company and tell them everything Apple is working on. Go to Samsung, and sure they will appreciate the inside information.

41. iushnt

Posts: 3096; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But the problem is, he himself doesn’t have any inside information.

63. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I hope he goes to another company and tell them everything Apple is working on." He'll get sued if he does that. Besides, the non-disclosure contract which he'll have to sign before leaving Apple will prevent him from working at another big tech company for a few years now. His career is botched.

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1483; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

These companies have everyone sign contracts that will protect them from idiots like these. Let’s see if her “likes” can pay be bills going forward. I can’t stand youtubers. Specially the idiots that torture phones or other gadgets. Why?

16. airoid

Posts: 128; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Go work for Google or others. There are a lot of high tech company in silicon valley that are much better than Apple whom is not even listed in top 100 best company to work for.

19. Whitedot

Posts: 806; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That story sounds fishy. I doubt father would not worn his daughter not to do so knowing how strick apple rules are. To me its just great publicity.

21. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I feel bad for him but Rules are rules.

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