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How iOS 14 leaked months before release?

Apple seems to have very serious internal security issues. As reported by Vice, an early version of the mobile operating system iOS 14 was at the disposal of some security experts, hackers and media at least since February this year.

We do not know exactly how it leaked. But according to the media, this would be due to an illegal sale of an iPhone 11 in December 2019 which had iOS 14 installed.

An iPhone 11 with iOS 14 was present in one of the Chinese production factories in late 2019. Despite the monitoring of the subcontractor, an employee managed to seize the smartphone with the idea of reselling it on the internet. As a result, the man found a buyer and sold him for several thousand dollars. This person who bought the iPhone 11 then extracted iOS 14 to share it with developers and security researchers.

In just a few weeks, the new OS has passed into the hands of a multitude of people specializing in mobile software. The information obtained was then sold to American media who were quick to relay the new features of iOS 14.

Over the past months, leaks have been appearing on the Web related to Apple’s new mobile OS version. It is likely that their source is precisely the very same build of iOS 14.

How iOS 14 leaked months before release?

Small leaks about the new Apple software are quite common, especially a few months before their official presentation. But a very unusual situation is when an entire early build of iOS leaks on the Web. According to the source of the publication, for Apple this generally happened for the first time.

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Recent leaks related to the new mobile operating system provide information about a new fitness application, PencilKit API package for the company’s stylus and updated iMessage. It will also arrive with a new appearance of the home screen, the ability to test third-party applications through scanning of QR codes, a complete change in the Keychain function and more. At the same time, The Verge indicates that if the leaks are based on the December build of iOS 14. Then it is quite possible that Apple could currently delay the implementation of some of the above innovations or completely abandon them.

In the past, Apple has always released the first beta version of the new iOS for developers right after WWDC. It usually takes place in June. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company has changed its format. And is going to host WWDC20 online on June 22.

“At its 31st anniversary, WWDC20 will provide millions of creative and innovative developers from around the world with early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.”A press release posted on Apple’s website said.

The company, as a rule, officially releases a new stable version of iOS in the fall. It comes along with the launch of new models of iPhone smartphones.

Via: Source