“Apple’s penchant for secrecy sometimes sees new engineers tasked with working on decoy products for a lengthy period of time while management vets their trustworthiness,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“The revelation was widely disclosed in Adam Lashinsky’s new book Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired — and Secretive — Company Really Works and further corroborated by a former Apple engineer during the author’s appearance at LinkedIn last week,” Marsal reports. “‘A friend of mine who’s a senior engineer, he works on — or did work on — fake products I’m sure for the first part of his career, and interviewed for 9 months,’ the employee said. ‘It’s intense.'”

Read more in the full article, with video, here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, until you can be trusted at Apple Inc., it’s exactly like working at Samsung.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]

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