Leakers Take a Bite of the New Apple iPhone 8 Before Launch Date

Apple has been comprised yet again in the latest leak about the forthcoming iOS operating system. This comes at an interesting time as Apple is set to launch the new iPhone 8 tomorrow.

The leak is being described as an “intentional act of sabotage” by Apple insiders:

“As best I’ve been able to ascertain, these builds were available to download by anyone, but they were obscured by long, unguessable URLs [web addresses],” wrote John Gruber, a blogger known for his coverage of Apple.

“Someone within Apple leaked the list of URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors. I’m nearly certain this wasn’t a mistake, but rather a deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee.”

For those curious about the leak, here’s what was revealed about the new iOS operating system:

  • a reference to iPhone X, which acts as fresh evidence that Apple intends to unveil a high-end model alongside more modest updates to its handset line
  • images of a new Apple Watch and AirPod headphones
  • a set-up process for Face ID – an alternative to the Touch ID system fingerprint system – that says it can be used to unlock handsets and make online purchases from Apple, among other uses
  • the introduction of Animoji – animated emoji characters that mirror a user’s captured facial expressions

In a time where major entities and prominent individuals are proving to be vulnerable to attack through leaks, it’s important to secure digital means. How can Apple continue to make itself susceptible to these kinds of attacks? Perhaps it’s blowback? Perhaps those saboteurs (likely disgruntled former employees) think Apple isn’t too big to fail anymore?

Regardless, secure your systems. Simple as that. These frequent data breaches and leaks shouldn’t be occurring on this large scale in 2017.

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