Apple is particularly known for its secrecy, but security on The Purple Project went above and beyond: employees worked in a separate area, and security cameras were set up. "We put a sign up that said "Fight Club,'" Forstall said, a reference to the Brad Pitt film, which the team, emulated, if only in part. "The first rule of 'Fight Club' is you don't talk about 'Fight Club.'"
PC makers aren't just losing to Apple. They're struggling on multiple fronts -- and things look gloomy going forward.