If you're in the market for Apple news, you may have already seen a recent article about how the company has been trying to identify leakers. The company is particularly keen to know about any information that it has about products it doesn't have yet.
Tim Cook's email to employees
Apple's CEO Tim Cook sent out an email to all employees on Friday to mark a monumental occasion. In the email, he outlined the company's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Besides announcing the new SVP of Operations, Sabih Khan, the email also detailed Apple's reaction to events in Ukraine in the past two weeks. It's not a surprise that Cook has a no-nonsense approach to business. He doesn't engage with the media unless it's in connection with Apple's official business.
While Tim Cook is known for calling meetings at the drop of a hat, he prefers to exercise on his own. Instead of buying underwear at Nordstrom, he prefers to work out in the privacy of his own home.
One of the most interesting parts of the email was the announcement that Apple would match donations for charity at a two to one rate. The email also explained that the most impressive feature of the new Apple Watch is that it can detect when a user is wearing a Bluetooth headset.
Apple's appetite for details surrounding unreleased products
Apple is often cited as the creator of the iPhone, but it's not just the gadgets that keep it afloat. Aside from the occasional snafu, it also has a surprisingly good track record in the crowded market for telephony and video streaming services. Despite these efforts, the company has yet to break into the home entertainment space. The good news is that the company's latest entry into the smartphone space, the iPhone X, has received a warm welcome.
The company stages a handful of product launches and media events each year. These are often accompanied by lavishly produced television ads and press conferences. Although it's hard to say whether Apple has the chops to make a dent in this crowded marketplace, it's certainly not the only player in the field. Other retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have managed to carve out a niche for themselves in this competitive field, so if Apple doesn't want to follow in their footsteps, it's best to keep an ear to the ground.
Apple's COVID-19 vaccination policy
Apple has announced a plan to test for COVID-19 vaccination twice a week for retail staff. However, it has not yet announced a new deadline for corporate employees. It will force unvaccinated workers to provide negative test results starting January 24.
A COVID-19 vaccination card can be scanned from an iPhone's Home screen or Camera app. The card shows the date of the dose, the name of the vaccine provider and the type of booster shot the employee received. In addition, it can be used to store proof of vaccination.
If an employee receives a COVID-19 vaccination but does not get a booster shot by the end of the year, he or she will have four weeks to submit proof of the booster shot. However, Apple does not require a full vaccine mandate.
According to a memo sent to U.S. retail employees, Apple will no longer require an employee to wear a mask to work in its stores. Instead, it will test non-vaccinated employees every week for rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.
Tim Cook's rant about leakers
The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, has taken a hard stance on leakers. He slammed them for "leaking" company information and for leaking confidential information. But he said Apple is working hard to identify leakers.
After a leak of an all-hands meeting last Friday, Cook penned an internal memo to employees addressing the issue. In the memo, Cook said the company was doing everything it could to find the source of the leak.
Amid an ongoing investigation into the leaks, Apple sent a cease-and-desist letter to a seller who was selling stolen iPhone prototypes on social media. It also asked for a list of everyone who had provided prototypes. According to reports, the company also fired a senior engineering program manager who had been involved in the scandal.
Apple is also working to add push notifications and alerts when an iCloud account is accessed. It's also testing unvaccinated employees to determine if they are infected with COVID-19, a virus.