Some employees may quit if FBI wins its legal battle with Apple

If the FBI wins its battle to make Apple unlock the iPhone of a suspected terrorist's cell phone in San Bernardino County, some employees may quit, including the encryption engineers, reports The New York Times.

Some say might quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created, the article adds, quoting more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees. Among those interviewed by The Times were Apple engineers who are involved in the development of mobile products and security, as well as former security engineers and executives.

“It’s an independent culture and a rebellious one,” said Jean-Louis Gassée (pictured), a venture capitalist and an ex-Apple exec, told the publication. “If the government tries to compel testimony or action from these engineers, good luck with that.”