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Apple: Computer attack reveals plans for new MacBook Pro

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Schemes stolen from Apple vendor Quanta Computer outline Apple’s plans for the next generation MacBook Pro models that are expected in 2021, and clearly confirm plans for additional ports and a return to MagSafe.

The schemes leaked online, and some of them feature the next generation MacBook Pro logic board. On the right side of the machine, there is a visible HDMI port, accompanied by a USB-C / Thunderbolt port and followed by an SD card reader.

The left side has two additional USB-C / Thunderbolt ports and a ‌MagSafe‌ charging slot, for a total of three USB-C / Thunderbolt ports instead of four as we have today.

Rumors from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg, said earlier that all of these ports will come for the MacBook Pro 2021 models, but the schemes confirm the addition of the new ports and give us an insight into their placement.

Apple Computer attack reveals plans for new MacBook Pro

The codename for the Mac is “J316”, which suggests that the logic board we saw is for the 16-inch MacBook Pro. There is also a “J314” model that probably correlates with the 14-inch MacBook Pro on which Apple is also working.

Both machines are expected to feature the new ports, the ‌MagSafe‌ loading option and the updated Apple silicon chips.

This information, which was also shared by 9to5Mac, comes from a group of ransomware called REvil, which claims to have accessed the internal computers from Apple vendor Quanta Computer.

But there is more information

Along with the logic board layout, the documentation includes deeply technical listings of MacBook components and layouts that can provide additional information about these machines as they are analyzed.

Apple Computer attack reveals plans for new MacBook Pro

Leaked images of the new MacBook Pro circulating on Twitter also confirm that the device will not feature the Touch Bar, which is in line with the rumors we heard. The housing design may also have more rounded corners.

REvil threatened to release additional documents stolen from Quanta Computer if Apple did not pay a ransom fee by May 1. REvil plans to release new files every day until Apple pays the fee, and Apple has not commented on the situation.

Quanta Computer said it has in fact been subject to “cyber attacks on a small number of Quanta servers”, but that there is “no material impact on the company’s business operations.


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