Tuesday, October 19

stolen documents reveal a more generous connection


Victim of blackmail by hackers that he refuses to pay, the Taiwanese Quanta Computer, a subcontractor of Apple, sees some stolen documents being shared. Among them, fragmentary information concerning the next MacBook Pro. They suggest a more robust connection.

Here the MacBook Pro M1, which did not display any particular chassis change compared to the previous model

Here the MacBook Pro M1, which did not display any particular chassis change compared to the previous model // Gamesdone: Arnaud Gelineau for Frandroid

$ 50 million. This is the sum that the Taiwanese company Quanta Computer, the world’s largest manufacturer of portable computers (ODM) ahead of Compal Electronics, refused to pay after being the victim of a ransomware compromising the sensitive information of some of its customers, including Apple. Among these stolen documents, ” confidential schematics and gigabytes of data for several major brands Promise members of REvil, the group responsible for the attack.

Failed by Quanta, which refuses to negotiate, the hackers turned to Apple before the keynote “Spring Loaded”, threatening the Californian giant to reveal daily confidential information on some of its future products. It is in this context that the specialized site 9to5Macwas able to consult some of the documents already shared.

Internal and confidential information on the next MacBook Pro

Dated March 2021, these documents reveal part of the technical specifications of the new MacBook Pro under Apple Silicon processor, designated by two code names: J314 and J316, which probably correspond to 14 and 16 inch versions. These specifications corroborate rumors that have been in circulation for several months, particularly with regard to a possible return to the device of the MagSafe port dedicated to power.

In addition to the return of the MagSafe socket, these documents and diagrams also mention the addition of an HDMI port and an SD card reader on the next MacBook Pro. Connections that disappeared in 2016 with the launch of the MacBook Pro in the form we know … Apple had at the time made the questionable choice of an ultra thin chassis only sporting USB Type-C ports. A decision much criticized even now.

The adoption of a more complete connection on the next MacBook Pro had been anticipated at the beginning of the year by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The interested party had explicitly indicated that there would be magnetic charging, as well as an HDMI port and an SD card reader.

It remains to be seen whether Apple or Quanta will decide to pay the ransom demanded by the REvil group, which threatens to share other information every day. As it stands, nothing is less certain. As specified9to5Mac, the documents already published are deeply technical, and mainly include voltage specifications for the power supply and other very precise details. Rather inconclusive information for the general public.


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