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This could be our first look at the iPhone 8’s glorious edge-to-edge screen

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Apple’s completely packed WWDC product announcements provided a brief moment of distractio, but we’re now back to our regularly scheduled programming of iPhone 8 leaks.

The newest iPhone 8 leaks show what appear to be the first images of Apple’s next flagship.

First published to Imgur and then shared on Reddit, the images reveal a front-facing glass panel indicating an edge-to-edge display, a glass back panel with a cutout for the vertically-aligned dual cameras, and a part for the rear cameras with integrated LED flash and microphone.

The second image in the album shows the purported iPhone 8 panel (the two parts farthest to the right) next to what could be the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus rear panels on the left.

“I have a friend in the industry who just sent me these. He said the Chinese manufacturers got these last week,” says the caption. “Big surprise for the iPhone 7s/7s Plus—supposedly it’s getting wireless charging as well!”

While both panels match up with a handful of previous rumors, there’s still a strong possibility that it’s an elaborate fake or prototype part that was scrapped. 

One thing that’s throwing us off is the claim the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will get wireless charging. While noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed it’d be the case earlier this year, newer reports have walked the rumor back.

Fake or not, the iPhone 8’s edge-to-edge display could still look very similar.

Prominent mobile leaker and concept artist Benjamin Geskin, who has released a swath of iPhone 8 leaks in recent months, claims the iPhone 8’s display will stretch from corner to corner with a cutout for the earpiece, FaceTime camera, and other sensors. You can see his concept below.

This year’s new iPhone is expected to be one of Apple’s biggest yet, considering this year’s the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.

Based on previous rumors, we’re expecting the iPhone 8 (or “X” or “Edition”) to be slightly larger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. The key difference, however, will be the move to an edge-to-edge display that fits a larger a 5.8-inch OLED screen.

Apple will reportedly ditch the aluminum design it’s used since the iPhone 6 and return to a “glass sandwich” design last seen on the iPhone 4S, with glass on the backside to allow wireless charging and stainless steel for the frame.

The iPhone 8’s also expected to get rid of the home button/Touch ID fingerprint sensor and move that underneath the display. If Apple pulls it off, it will certainly set it apart from the Samsung Galaxy S8, which also has no home button, but has a fingerprint sensor in the worst possible position on the back of the phone.

What’s real and what’s fake? As always, it’s important to take all these leaks with a huge grain of salt. It’s only real when Apple announces it, and that’s likely not going to happen for another few  months. So sit tight, enjoy and your current smartphone, and chill because there’s still some waiting to do.

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OnePlus 5 might beat the iPhone 7 Plus by unapologetically copying it

The now discontinued OnePlus 3T (pictured) will be replaced by the OnePlus 5.
The now discontinued OnePlus 3T (pictured) will be replaced by the OnePlus 5.

Image:  BRITTANY HERBERT/MASHABLE

The wait for the OnePlus 5 is almost over.

The smartphone startup that’s taken the world by storm will officially unveil its next flagship Android phone on June 20 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time during a live online keynote.

Sounds good, but a new leak might have just spoiled everything.

Android Police, which has a solid track record with leaks, published what it claims is a press image of the front and back of the OnePlus 5. Needless to say, it looks like a blatant copy of the iPhone 7 Plus.

Noted phone leaker Evan Blass also says the image is the real deal. SlashLeaks also posted the same image with profile views and the bottom half of the phone.

Yep, it looks just like the iPhone 7 Plus. The similarities are uncanny. 

Dual cameras with bump in the corner? Check. Microphone and dual-LED flash outside of the camera module in the same exact positions? Check. If you look closer at the purported OnePlus 5 image, you’ll even see a similar antenna band. 

Save for different locations for the power button, the notification mute switch, volume rocker, and the OnePlus logo in place of the Apple logo, the two phones look like long-lost twins.

The iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus

Image: lili sams/mashable

Reactions to the leak have been both positive and negative. The obvious uproar is that it’s an iPhone ripoff, and OnePlus should be ashamed of itself if this is indeed the final design. On the other hand, some fans don’t seem to mind having an iPhone that runs Android. After all, lots of people think Google’s Pixel/Pixel XL look like iPhones (at least from the front) and are fine with that.

It’s easy to mock OnePlus’s lack of originality (again, if this is the final design), but they wouldn’t be the first to blatantly copy the iPhone. YouTuber SuperSaf reminded me Oppo’s R11 looks like an iPhone 7 Plus clone, too:

Yeah, it’s unbelievable how obvious the cloning is, but at the same time, phones have also pretty much reached peak industrial design. 

We could sit here pointing fingers, but at the end of the day OnePlus will have last year’s design for its 2017 flagship. Phones like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have long edge-to-edge displays that set them apart (for now), and Apple’s likely to follow with the iPhone 8. Other phones like the Essential Phone are even more daring with edge-to-edge screens on three sides.

As for what to expect inside of the phone? We might know a few things. 

OnePlus has teased some of the OnePlus 5’s features over the last few weeks, and it’s shaping up to be quite the device.

We know the phone will come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip (same one in the Galaxy S8), some potential new colors, and it’ll likely have a headphone jack.

Though the rest of the phone’s specs haven’t been confirmed, a comprehensive (and unconfirmed) leak in May claims it’ll come with a 5.5-inch Quad HD resolution screen, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 4,000 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery, and dual cameras on the back.

We’ll have to wait a few weeks (unless it leaks out by then) to find out when the phone will be available in the U.S. and Europe. Fans in India, however, might want to start marking their calendars; Evan Blass says the OnePlus 5 will launch on June 22 and sold exclusively on Amazon India.

Let the countdown to June 20 begin.

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Here’s what we know about alleged NSA leaker Reality Leigh Winner

Who is Reality Leigh Winner?

She’s a 25-year-old National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who was arrested for allegedly leaking a top secret report to news outlet The Intercept.

On Monday, she was charged after the FBI arrested her Saturday at her home in Augusta, Georgia. She faces up to 10 years in prison for the classified leak, according to CNN. She’s back in court on Thursday.

Winner was accused of leaking a report that showed Russian intelligence tried to hack U.S. voting systems before the election in November. The Intercept shared printed pages of the report, and the folds and creases in the documents gave away that they had been “printed and hand-carried out of a secured space.” From that, the agency saw six people had printed the report and then tracked down the one person from the group who had emailed the news outlet.

Her motivations for leaking are not yet known. But she left a lot information about herself online. She was active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for years and shared her anti-Trump and other political sentiments on the platforms.

Active on social media 

Winner, who uses the name Sara Winners on her Twitter account, had been active on the site up until the end of February. She often tweeted anti-Trump messages. She follows only 50 people on Twitter, including Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks, and Anonymous.

A linguist and an athlete

The Texas native was an Air Force linguist who studied Farsi and other languages. According to the Department of Justice, she was a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation and had been assigned to a government agency facility in Georgia since Feb. 13. She had top secret clearance.

Winner with her mother in her U.S. Air Force uniform.

Winner with her mother in her U.S. Air Force uniform.

Image: via storyful

She last posted on her Facebook page a day before her arrest. She shared many videos of her working out, and posted often about CrossFit and lifting.

‘Very passionate’

Her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, spoke to the Daily Beast Sunday and told the publication that Winner is “very passionate,” but her mother didn’t think she’d even been active in politics. The family didn’t know much about her new job as a government contractor. 

Winners last Facebook post the day before her arrest showed some of that passion.

She strongly opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline and had posted about it often with anti-Trump hashtags.

Online reaction

While some were already calling Winner a traitor and worse, others have come out to support the whistleblower, like Julian Assange, the creator of WikiLeaks.

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Someone’s already been arrested for allegedly leaking an NSA report to The Intercept

The story of a leaked NSA report detailing Russia’s alleged attempts to infiltrate US voting infrastructure ahead of the 2016 presidential election just took a sharply unexpected turn. 

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, has been arrested and is in custody, with officials saying they have identified her as the source of the documents leaked to The Intercept.

The Intercept broke the story of the National Security Agency report on June 5, noting that it “indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood.” 

This was based on leaked documents provided to the site, which, allegedly before going public with the story, showed them to NSA officials to confirm their authenticity. 

This, reportedly, is where the publication known for its security-conscious reporters may have messed up. 

The government affidavit states that The Intercept showed them “folded and/or creased” documents, “suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space.” This clue was enough for officials to “determine who accessed the intelligence reporting since its publication, and, after seeing that “six individuals printed this reporting,” narrow the list of suspects down. 

Importantly, if we are to take the government at its word,  investigators could have conceivably identified the leaker regardless of the folded nature of the docs. That’s because the alleged source had “e-mail contact” with The Intercept—possibly from her work computer. She also, allegedly, printed the material out at work. 

Either way, the arrest is a blow for the national security-focused Intercept. The site takes pains to detail secure ways for sources to share info with it in a page titled “The Intercept Welcomes Whistleblowers.”

“So whether you are in government or the private sector, if you become aware of behavior that you believe is unethical, illegal, or damaging to the public interest, consider sharing your information securely with us,” the webpage explains. “We’ve taken steps to make sure that people can leak to us as safely as possible.”

Under the section “What not to do if you want to remain anonymous,” the top piece of advice is “Don’t contact us from work.”

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New leaked photos reportedly reveal the final design of the iPhone 8

The next iPhones' designs, two of which will be just like the 7 and 7 Plus pictured here, could be settled.
The next iPhones’ designs, two of which will be just like the 7 and 7 Plus pictured here, could be settled.

Image: lili sams/mashable

We’ve officially gone beyond the iPhone 8 specs and supply chain rumor phase — now we’re in full-on production photo leak territory.

New leaked images purported to be the molds used to make the new iPhone models have hit the web, surfacing first on Slashleaks. The pics give us a sneak peek at what could be the final design of the upcoming iPhone 8 — the molds fall in line with what we’re expecting from Apple in its next line of phones, and appear to be identical to other recently leaked images of a dummy version of the phone.

The images on Slashleaks aren’t the only photos of the iPhone 8 molds. Graphic designer and leaker Benjamin Geskin also posted photos of the molds, which look just like the dummy model he first shared back in April. He tweeted that the upcoming iPhone designs have been confirmed by these images — but that ultimately can’t be determined until we hear from Apple itself. 

The molds show the three models expected from Apple in its next iPhone cycle: a 7S and 7S Plus  — with the same dimensions as the current 7 and 7 Plus handsets at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively —and the deluxe iPhone 8 handset measuring in the middle at around 5 inches. The 8 is expected to take advantage of an edge-to-edge design for more screen space, with a projected 5.8-inch display, but there’s no insight on the screen size from the molds, which only show the shells of the devices.    

These production molds don’t show us anything we haven’t already seen from other iPhone leaks. The 7S and 7S Plus rigs have the same camera orientations as the current models, while the 8 has the expected vertically-oriented design that was teased in the photos of the dummy units. 

The leaked images also suggest the next iPhone’s fingerprint sensor won’t be on the back of the device — Geskin is extremely confident Apple won’t repeat Samsung’s mistake — but, like the size of the screen, there’s no way to know from just a production mold. Geskin speculates the sensor will actually make it under the display, which has been a long held rumor, or it could be integrated into the power button on the side of the device.  

These photos give the rumors of the “finalized” version of the iPhone 8 that’ve been floating around some more legitimacy, but remember, nothing about the new iPhones is set in stone — not the supposedly exorbitant price or even its name — until Apple officially unveils the upcoming devices. That probably won’t be until September, barring a shocker in June at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), so a real, 100 percent confirmation is still months away.

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