Monday in CE: Is an Apple Insider to Blame for All of These Leaks?
Over the weekend, an iOS 11 GM leak was supplied to the website 9 to 5 Mac, and is being called one of the most massive product leaks in Apple’s history. Without getting into too much detail about the leaks themselves, there’s plenty of questioning how such a leak could happen in the first place.
In the past, we’ve heard stories about some early tester mistakenly leaving their yet-to-be-released iPhone at a bar—perhaps even on more than one occasion. But this type of leak comes across as much more deliberate in nature.
Noted Apple commentator John Gruber said as much on his Daring Fireball blog over the weekend.
“The story no one seems to be talking about is how these GM builds leaked, including the build for D22, which revealed all sorts of heretofore unknown details,” he wrote. “As best I’ve been able to ascertain, these builds were available to download by anyone, but they were obscured by long, unguessable URLs. 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. Whoever did this is the least popular person in Cupertino. More surprises were spoiled by this leak than any leak in Apple history.”
The last couple of lines of fanboyism aside, his point is a valid one. This isn’t something that would be perpetrated by a happy employee. And, given the complexity of the leaks, there’s no way it wasn’t done by an employee. So why? Why leak all of this information? Sure, it’s harmless to the outsider, but you’re really just ruining all of the fun for the consumer out there who enjoys a little bit of surprise in their life.
Weed Drones’ Hazy Future
— TNW (@TheNextWeb) September 11, 2017
Despite the state’s nature, being one of the most innovation-friendly, it looks like even California will only allow businesses to go so far when it comes to getting their legal weed in the hands of consumers.
According to an Ars Technica report, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (yup…) will forbid dispensaries from using drones to deliver week to customers. And their licensing regulations say as much: “Cannabis goods will be required to be transported inside commercial vehicles or trailers. Transportation may not be done by aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles.”
Other CE News
- Spotify has ended support for Apple’s Safari browser though it’s not clear why exactly. Some people are pointing to a specific plugin that the streaming service uses to prevent tracks from being pirated and that plugin’s compatibility with Safari.
- Phillips is getting in on the crazy widescreen display market with their new 492P8 4K display. Sporting a 32:9 aspect ratio, the curved display is 49 inches diagonally and comes with a $1,080 price tag.
- For all of the love the iPhone X has been getting in the news, let’s not forget about the impressive run of updates that could come to Apple TV.