Tag Archives: iPhone

Apple Defends Resistance to iPhone Assistance to Government

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said in an early Monday morning email to employees that the US government should withdraw its demand that Apple help the FBI hack a locked iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attack. The message, subject-lined “Thank you for your support,” is accompanied by an online question and answer page that reiterates many ... Read More »

Some San Bernardino Victims to Oppose Apple on iPhone Encryption

Some victims of the San Bernardino attack will file a legal brief in support of the US government’s attempt to force Apple Inc to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the shooters, a lawyer representing the victims said on Sunday. Stephen Larson, a former federal judge who is now in private practice, told Reuters that the victims he ... Read More »

Common Software Would Have Let FBI Unlock Shooter’s iPhone

The county government that owned the iPhone in a high-profile legal battle between Apple and the Justice Department paid for but never installed a feature that would have allowed the FBI to easily and immediately unlock the phone as part of the terrorism investigation into the shootings that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. If the technology, known as ... Read More »

FBI Asked for Password Reset on Shooter’s iPhone

In the chaotic aftermath of the shootings in San Bernardino, California, in December, FBI investigators seeking to recover data from the iPhone of one of the shooters asked a technician in the California county to reset the phone’s iCloud password. But that apparent fog-of-war error foreclosed the possibility of an automatic backup to the Apple iCloud servers that might have ... Read More »

Japan Sees Drop in iPhone Shipments: Report

Shipments to Japan of Apple Inc.’s iPhones dropped 10.6 percent in 2015 from a year earlier, marking the first drop in Japan since the ubiquitous smartphone went on sale in 2008, MM Research Institute said on Saturday. According to the research institute, shipments totalled 14.73 million units, with the notable slump attributable to sluggish sales of iPhone 6s and 6s ... Read More »

US Says Will Let Apple Keep Software to Help FBI Hack iPhone

The Obama administration told a US magistrate judge on Friday it would be willing to allow Apple Inc. to retain possession of and later destroy specialized software it has been ordered to design to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone used by the gunman in December’s mass shootings in California. The government made clear that it was open ... Read More »

Apple Says Debate Over iPhone Encryption Should Be Decided by Congress

Senior Apple executives said on Friday that the right place to find a solution to the encryption debate was in the US Congress, rebuffing the Justice Department’s successful pursuit of a court order to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino shooters. The executives, speaking to reporters on a press call, said they were stunned that the ... Read More »

US DoJ Calls Apple Refusal to Unlock iPhone a ‘Marketing Strategy’

The US Department of Justice filed a motion on Friday seeking to compel Apple Inc to comply with a judge’s order to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, portraying the tech giant’s refusal as a “marketing strategy.” In response, a senior Apple executive, speaking with reporters on condition of anonymity, characterized the Justice Department’s ... Read More »

Donald Trump Calls for Apple Boycott Until Firm Unlocks Shooter’s iPhone

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called on Friday for a boycott of Apple Inc products until the tech company agreed to help the US government unlock the cellphone of one of the killers in last year’s San Bernardino, California, shooting. “Boycott Apple until such time as they give that information,” Trump said at a campaign event in Pawleys Island, South ... Read More »

The Centuries-Old Law US Wants to Use to Unlock a Terrorist’s iPhone

The US government and Apple are locked in a legal battle over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. But a new court order is throwing a law that dates to the days of the founding fathers into a high-tech debate over digital security. This week, a US magistrate judge in California ordered Apple to provide ... Read More »