Well, despite the FBI being able to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone 5c without the help of Apple after initially requesting such assistance from Cupertino (and was duly refused, of course), and Apple being expected to share the FBI’s iPhone hacking technique to the public in due time, here we are with another seeming impasse – it looks like prosecutors informed a federal judge in Brooklyn that they requires Apple’s help when it comes to unlocking a drug dealer’s iPhone.
The FBI has already mentioned that they are unable to crack iPhones after the iPhone 5c, and perhaps this is why the prosecutors would need Apple’s assistance in this particular matter. The prosecutors mentioned, “The government’s application is not moot and the government continues to require Apple’s assistance in accessing the data that it is authorized to search by warrant. In this case, we still need Apple’s help in accessing the data, which they have done with little effort in at least 70 other cases when presented with court orders for comparable phones running iOS 7 or earlier operating systems.
Do you think that Apple will step in and provide the necessary assistance this time around, or continue to maintain their earlier stance? Only time will be able to tell.