PURVEYOR OF RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE GADGETS, Apple has hired a secret police force to keep its black shirted employees in line.
Gizmodo has confirmed the existence of a division that reports directly to Jobs and Oppenheimer.
Dubbed the "Worldwide Loyalty Team", its sole function is to purge Apple stores of people who are not rabid fanboys or toeing the company line on everything.
Apparently the division has moles who are ordered to report deviant activity amongst the staff and management of the stores. High on the list are people who might be talking to the media.
According to a source at Apple called "Tom", even the store managers do not know who the moles are, but if they report that something is wrong then a team of black leather clad Apple secret police arrive. They will contact whoever is the most senior manager in the building and ask them to coordinate the operation.
All mobile phones are taken and examined for evidence. Iphone data gets backed up onto a laptop including text messages and pictures.
Chats between employees are forbidden while Apple's secret police investigate and no one is allowed to call outside.
If an employee does not want to participate, they are basically asked to leave and never come back.
It is all presented as being voluntary and everyone asks you nicely to do it. But if you don't do it they will fire you. They will also ask you to sign NDAs during the investigations.
If they find evidence the person is asked to leave the premises quietly, escorted by security. Often they are threatened with lawsuits first.
As Gizmodo points out, the existance of a secret police force is an indication that Apple has changed from the "happy hippie" company that made computers that caught fire to a company that does KGB-style lockdowns and interrogations - and whose machines crack. µ
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