Apple engineer reportedly fired after daughter’s vlog on unreleased iPhone X goes viral
A Youtuber says her father was relieved of his position as an Apple engineer after she posted an unauthorized video of the new iPhone X online before the device’s official release.
Brooke Amelia Peterson has issued a tearful Youtube video explaining how a “hands-on” look at the unreleased smartphone resulted in her father being let go from the tech giant.
Peterson said she woke up last Tuesday to find that a video she published containing footage of the iPhone X went viral, leading her to appear on the Youtube trending page.
In September, Peterson accompanied her father on a visit to the Apple Campus in Cupertino, California. She said it was here she made a YouTube video of the smartphone, released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
“My dad was a privileged engineer who worked on the iPhone X and he had one – after Apple [had] released their keynote, after plenty of Youtubers posted hands-on iPhone X videos,” she said. “My dad showed me his phone and I was filming it in the Apple cafeteria.”
The engineer involved in the debacle was employed at Apple from August 2013. Peterson’s vlog features a short glimpse of the iPhone X camera. Peterson said she made the video as an “innocent” reminder of her family day out in California, as she had very few followers online.
“It suddenly went viral and I have no idea how my video got so much attention considering how many other iPhone X videos there are out there,” she said. Peterson added that despite removing the clip, as requested by Apple, the tech company fired her father.