'Low-Level' Apple Employee Leaks iOS 9 Security Code, "Biggest" Leak In History


A former intern at Apple reportedly leaked a portion of source code for iOS, the proprietary iPhone operating system.

The company has decided to make a major change to its development program, rather than having its engineers work on a relentless annual release schedule crammed with new features, according to a report Monday from Bloomberg. "The company will continue to update its software annually, but internally engineers will have more discretion to push back features that aren't as polished to the following year". Apple's historical development cadence focuses on tying all new features to a major iOS release.

Guttman's report largely focuses on what iOS 12 won't bring with it, though, adding weight to earlier rumours that Apple is planning to nix significant updates to iOS this year in favour of focusing on stability and security. On the other hand, sticking to what Troughton-Smith calls a "ruthlessly ambitious" upgrade cycle risks rushing out features before they're ready and undermining Apple's vaunted reputation for quality.

Just 65 percent of iOS users have embraced Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, compared to 79 percent for its predecessor last February - according to Apple's developer website.

IOS 12 also is expected to get a redesigned version of Apple's stock-tracking app, an updated version of the "Do Not Disturb" feature and deeper integration of Siri. Now, a new report claims, there's a change in strategy.

According to a report from Motherboard, the leak was allegedly perpetrated by one of the company's former interns.

The move to delay some new features follows iPhone sales dipping in the last three months of 2017, although Apple - which is the most valuable company in the world - still pulled in record revenues. This way, iOS developers could port iOS apps to the Mac without having to recode big portions of the app.

The hope, it's clear, is to avoid some of the more embarrassing launches that have punctured Apple's reputation for software solidity in recent years.

Long held up as an example of a technology company that put a premium on device and software quality, Apple has been criticized recently for various missteps and problems. In addition, it will also feature a new Digital Health tool that will allow parents to keep a tab on children spending how much time on iOS devices.

Apple the tech giant is reportedly working on an iPad which will feature inbuilt Face ID.

According to Bloomberg, this fall there would be no tweak in the home screen, neither would it have any major new features.

In the camera department. the Apple iPhone X's 256GB variant sports a 12 and 12 MP Dual Cameras on the rear panel.