We live in a surreal, apocalyptic state. Who can tell us in the last few months that city streets are still being ruined, that we would be locked up for months at home, or that the collective will take over our community because of the demonic and despicable germ.
But things have happened this way, and not just for ordinary citizens … but also for big tech companies. Apple Inc. is not intended to be a company with home-based staff. But that has changed in the last few weeks due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Now, Apple and other manufacturers will have to adapt to this new "tradition" of forced telework.
In fact, it seems, Apple has allowed more employees to take it texts and prototypes from home devices to continue to work on their development.
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Employees must adhere to strict confidentiality policies
In mid-March, Apple began closing its Apple Park with other campuses after San Francisco authorities suspended it. an emergency. Or later the company told its employees that they could enter the office with some permission.
These changes will be a major challenge for technology companies, especially smartphone manufacturers who need to protect their privacy to avoid potential leaks.
In the past, over the last few years, Apple has run to protect its employees from being tempted to leak product secrets, documents, and prototypes. With cases and legal issues in between. Overall, they did well. However, many times we have seen the emergence of some amazing leaks.
Or, it's all said. Sometimes it is the manufacturers themselves who want to filter out some of their product features to test the market and public opinion.
Apple Inc. employees working behind closed doors with high levels of biometric security, with dark windows, hiding their papers and products in enclosed booths they are strictly forbidden to talk about their homework not even their partners.
But … with this new scenario, Apple will have to be flexible. Now it's home-based workers. According to anonymous employees at the company Cupertino (via Bloomberg), it is difficult to adapt and keep up with the same speed of hardware development.
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Apple is adapting to the COVID-19 epidemic
Most of Apple's free products were developed in Apple Park or buildings near Carlertino and Sunnyvale. For some tasks that require manual development, some company engineers still have access to offices from Silicon Valley.
Apple also has engineers working in San Diego, California, and in other parts of the world such as Italy, Germany and Asia. But the limits in these areas, where the epidemic is widespread in all regions, are strong.
In the meantime, Apple has extended its home-use policy – until (at least) April 5.
This way managers, directors and project managers have warned their employees about how to proceed.
“Whether you work from home or office, it's always important to maintain confidentiality at work. When working remotely, use the same care and safely store items and books when not in use. ”
Despite the COVID-19 epidemic, Apple continues to focus its efforts on developing future devices. The company is working on new models of its HomePod speaker, Apple TV, its MacBook Pro, its Apple Watch and its iPhone. In addition to virtual reality mirrors and other products we don't know about.
San Francisco authorities are expected to issue legislation for new emergency expansion to date. May 1st to all Bay Area employees. So these restrictions will last for at least another month. An important time in the development of products that Apple will eventually launch in early 2020. Will a new leak arise?