For the past four months or so, we have been seeing screenshots and descriptions of all the new features Apple plans to introduce in its next iOS update, thanks to a leaked early version of iOS 14, which security researchers and hackers have had access to nearly eight months before its expected official release.
According to a report Motherboard, someone obtained a development iPhone 11 running a version of iOS 14 dated December 2019, which was made to be used only by Apple developers.
Citing at least five sources in the jailbreaking community familiar with the leak, the source claims that whoever purchased it from vendors in China, paid thousands of dollars for the iPhone 11 and then extracted the iOS 14 internal build for distribution.
People who trade stolen or leaked Apple code and hardware have been distributing this early version of iOS 14 to several security researchers, giving them an opportunity to take an early look into new code, and find new vectors to attack it, according to four sources in the security research community.
Ryan Duff, Director of Cyber Products at Sixgen who has studied iOS for years, said that while it’s normal to have some information about the upcoming iPhone and iOS, this is “definitely a bad leak.”