Becoming an Apple engineer could well be one of the most exciting careers currently available in the technology industry, but don’t expect to working on the iPhone 5 during your first week. It seems the Cupertino company is so obsessed with secrecy that new employees are made to work on “fake” devices for months, until they can be trusted not to leak them.
The story was published in Adam Lashinsky’s recently released Inside Apple book, and comes from a former Apple employee. The story was confirmed during a interview with Lashinsky, hosted by LinkedIn, which can be seen in the video below:
The former Apple staffer revealed:
A friend of mine who’s a senior engineer at Apple, he works on — or did work on — fake products I’m sure for the first part of his career, and interviewed for 9 months. It’s intense.
Having new employees work on fake products that were never intended for market kind of seems like a huge waste of resources. But that’s going to be little concern to a company with $97 billion in the bank.
The staffer als0 said that he believes Tim Cook has what it takes to become president. Not the president of Apple — but the president of the United States.
[via Business Insider]