We often wonder how certain media do to obtain information on future Apple products in preview … A complaint filed by the Californian brand against one of its former designers could give us a bit of an answer. Simon Lancaster, formerly in charge of the materials division, is accused by the Californian brand of having leaked confidential information to a journalist (his name is hidden, Apple calls him “Correspondent”). In exchange, he would have asked for good media coverage for his future business. Between 2018 and 2019, the year Lancaster left, the man would have revealed a lot of information about a mysterious “Project X”.
The man behind the leaks on the glasses?
Apple has been tracking the people behind the leaks for many years. The complaint filed by the mark, which is still 18 pages, reveal some astonishing actions of Simon Lancaster.
On multiple occasions, the designer allegedly abused his “senior” status to send confidential information to the journalist nicknamed “Correspondent”. After announcing his intention to leave the company in October 2019, Simon Lancaster would have, at the request of the journalist, attended several secret meetings despite the order of his superiors not to do so, claiming to want to see the famous product not disclosed Before leaving. A month later, on November 1 at 10:24 p.m., he would have connected to Apple’s intranet to download confidential documents on this famous project X before his credentials expired. According to the brand, these documents would have been used by his new company which would develop a similar project.
It is not known how Apple discovered the content of the conversations between its employee and the reporter, but the behavior of Simon Lancaster may indeed question. Beyond being a potential mole for the media, the designer is accused of industrial espionage.
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As John Gruber notes on his blog Daring Fireball, this mysterious project X seems to correspond from the point of view of the dates to the future augmented reality glasses of the Californian brand. Two media may have been informed by Simon Lancaster, The Information and Bloomberg. In 2019, they both released exclusive information about this future product, although The Information seems the most likely candidate for the title of “Correspondent”. Indeed, his exclusive article was released on November 11, a few days after the last data upload by Simon Lancaster. For his part, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman spoke on the subject on October 21.
Sources: AppleInsider / Daring Fireball