February 15, 2013
Does Apple Assign Its Engineers to Fake Projects?
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
"Apple Makes New Employees Work on Fake Products Until Apple Can Trust Them", blared a headline—and many others like it—last January. In the Apple-watching world, it has since become common wisdom that the company assigns new engineers to "fake" projects in order to test their loyalty—that is, their propensity to leak—before giving them actual work.
The claim took life with the publication of a book called Inside Apple, which claimed some employees were "hired into so-called dummy positions, roles that aren't explained in detail until after they join the company." Author Adam Lashinsky cited an unnamed Apple engineer who said he...