We’re not sure what the real situation is, but according to an email sent to BGR, the hacker group calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family is claiming that their threat is still valid and if Apple does not pay the ransom, they will indeed proceed with the wipe which they claim the deadline is on the 7th of April.
The message reads, “[We] requested $100,000 for each of our members which is 7 in total or $1 million worth in iTunes vouchers for instant resale at 60% of the original gift card value + Some private stuff that we have agreed not to publicize as we believe it may ruin Turkish Crime Family and Apple relations. The second thing is worth more to us than money.”
It is possible that maybe Apple could try to settle things behind the scenes, but we guess we’ll never know. However as far as the company’s public statement is concerned, iCloud and Apple IDs are safe, and any of those accounts that are compromised have been blamed on third-party services.