Apple suffers 'major iPhone X leak'

By Elliot Bullman

Details of new iPhones and other forthcoming Apple devices have been leaked by an Apple employee.

Apple is holding a launch event at its new headquarters on Tuesday and the California-based company takes great efforts to keep its technologies secret until its showcase events.

However, details of the new iPhone X have been leaked prior to its launch and Apple believe that the leak is internal.

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Two news sites were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operation system. The code refers to an iPhone X in addition to two new iPhone 8 handsets. It also details facial recognition tech that acts both as an ID system and maps users' expressions onto emojis.

Some details about the new devices had been revealed in August, when Apple published some test codefor its HomePod speakers.


But while that was thought to have been a mistake, it has been claimed that the latest leak was an intentional act of sabotage.

According to John Gruber a blogger known for his coverage of Apple, he believes that someone within Apple leaked a list of URLs to9to5MacandMacRumors in a deliberate act of sabotage by a rogue Apple employee.


The BBC claims it has independently confirmed that an anonymous source provided the publications with links to iOS 11's gold master (GM) code that downloaded the software from Apple's own computer servers.

Gold Master is a term commonly used by software firms to indicate that they believe a version of a product is ready for release.


Several developers are still scouring the leak for new features, but discoveries so far include:

  • 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

It marks the second time in three months that the company seems to have been deliberately caught out by a staff member. In June, an hour-long recording of an internal meeting - ironically about stopping leakers -was passed onto the Outline news site.


It revealed that Apple had hired ex-workers from the US National Security Agency (NSA), FBI and Secret Service to help catch tattletales.

One company observer said that the scale of the leak meant Tuesday's launch had lost some of its power to surprise.

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