“Details of new iPhones and other forthcoming Apple devices have been revealed via an apparent leak,” Leo Kelion reports for BBC News. “Two news sites were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operating 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,” Kelion reports. “One tech writer said it was the biggest leak of its kind to hit the firm.”

“It has been claimed that the latest leak was an intentional act of sabotage,” Kelion reports. “‘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.’ The BBC has independently confirmed that an anonymous source provided the publications with links to iOS 11’s golden master (GM) code that downloaded the software from Apple’s own computer servers… ‘There will be an unbelievable effort within Apple to determine how this happened and I don’t envy the person that did it because there will be no forgiveness for it,’ commented Ben Wood from the tech consultancy CCS Insight.”

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“I wish I could say more about how I know what I know, but it’s good to see the BBC confirm this,” John Gruber writes for Daring Fireball. “The BBC doesn’t say definitively that the leak was sent by an Apple employee, but I can state with nearly 100 percent certainty that it was.”

“Someone who works at Apple emailed these URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors — possibly without even knowing just how much information could be gleaned from these builds compared to the last developer beta builds,” Gruber writes. “UPDATE: Let me clarify that sentence: whoever leaked these URLs knew it would be an incredibly damaging leak, if for no other reason than that they included the IPSW image for iPhone D22. The list of URLs they leaked included every device. The least amount of heretofore unknown information that was going to come out of this leak was massive, and whoever leaked it knew that. What I’m saying is they quite possibly didn’t even know just how many little things, things I won’t mention here for the sake of DF readers who are trying to stay spoiler-free for Tuesday’s event, were spoiled by this leak.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Ooh, palace intrique!

So much for “doubling down on secrecy.”

Exit question: Could this be politically motivated?

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