A YouTube vlogger named Brooke Amelia Peterson got her
hands on a brand new iPhone X last week.
She got the phone directly from her father, an engineer
who worked at Apple.
Apple has since fired the engineer, and the video was
The engineer who let his daughter show off an iPhone X on YouTube
was fired by Apple this week.
Earlier this week, a YouTube vlogger named Brooke Amelia Peterson
posted a video showing off her dad’s new iPhone X. The video
was even shot from within Apple’s cafeteria, and showcased a
number of features of the new phone.
The video blew up, landing on YouTube’s top trending videos list.
It was subsequently removed without explanation.
In a new video posted this weekend, Peterson explains that the
video was removed at the request of Apple and that her father —
an engineer named Ken Bauer — was fired.
“Apple let him go,” Peterson says in the video. “At the end of
the day, when you work for Apple, it doesn’t matter how good of a
person you are. If you break a rule, they just have no
Though Apple’s new iPhone X is already available for pre-order,
and Apple held an event where media was able to use it and shoot
video and take photos, the video from Peterson was a rare, candid
look into an unreleased Apple device from within Apple’s own
The engineer who was fired, Peterson’s father Ken Bauer, is seen
in the video using Apple Pay on the iPhone X. He hands the phone
to his daughter, and she walks through various features.
Though the iPhone X is on the cusp of being publicly available,
it’s entirely possible that the unit he had — which Peterson
showed off in the video — was a pre-production unit. Even if it
wasn’t, Apple assuredly doesn’t want its staff casually showing
off unreleased products in unauthorized YouTube videos.
Apple didn’t respond immediately to request for comment.