This week’s top stories: Teenager hacks into Apple’s servers, low-cost 13-inch MacBook news, Apple Pencil support for iPhones, more

In this week’s top stories: An Australian high school student hacked into Apple’s servers, we hear more about a new low-cost 13-inch MacBook, this year’s iPhones said to include Apple Pencil Support, Apple releases two new iOS betas, and more. Read on as we round up all of this week’s top stories…

This week news broke that an Australian teenager had repeatedly hacked into Apple’s servers, stealing 90GB worth of ‘secure files.’ The unnamed high school student has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next month. Apple finally caught him by tracking the serial numbers of the Macs he used. Apple followed up by confirming that no personal data from users was accessed by the hacker.

We got another reference to a new MacBook release as one of Apple’s suppliers, Quanta, is expected to see its shipments rise at the end of this year. Another report from Digitimes claims the refreshed 13-inch model will be priced at $1,200, and could be a new MacBook Air with a release next month.

As for iPhone news, Trendforce believes that the 2018 OLED iPhone models (5.8- and 6.5-inch) will support Apple Pencil. Additionally, the report claims that Apple will offer a 512GB storage option for the high-end iPhones in addition to 64GB and 256GB versions.

After releasing the seventh iOS developer beta on Monday, Apple shortly pulled it due to slow performance. Beta 8 followed on Wednesday that solved the issues.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below…

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