Apple’s product leak investigator leaves for security role at Facebook

Apple's Director of Worldwide Investigations (yes, there is such a thing on campus) Lee Freedman has apparently left the confines of Cupertino to take a position at Facebook as a Compliance and Security Director, a similar role.

He is the one who was charged with tracking down product leaks, like the one you see above of the iPhone X before it went on sale, which resulted in firing the person involved. We actually haven't seen much of the infamous 2010 "iPhone lost in a bar" type of mishaps since 2011, when Freedman took the helm of Apple's investigative division. Still, a leaked Apple meeting memo from last year showed that 4 iPhone and iPad casings managed to escape from production factories in 2016, feeding the speculation frenzy ahead of Apple's new product launches.

Last year, we knew almost everything there is to be known about the iPhone X beforehand, due to the sheer amount of leaks, rumors and guesswork involved in trying to picture Apple's most important launch since the original iPhone, so when the device finally landed, it wasn't as big of a collective "wow" as it could have been. In the leaked security memo from last summer Apple detailed that now most leaks are coming from its own campus, rather than the supply chain, and that might have something to do with Lee Freedman's career path changes. 

It remains to be seen how Apple will keep the lid on its upcoming 2018 iPhone crop, but if reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has his ways again, and Apple indeed releases a 5.8", 6.1" and 6.4" models, nixing the current iPhone X in the process, there might not be as much surprise built into their announcement again.

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