Apple is said to have started talks with a number of digital security experts in relation to bolstering iOS’s security. The move comes in the wake of FBI requests to access an iPhone belonging to the man behind 2015’s San Bernardino terror attacks.
Sources told the New York Times that Apple’s plans could mean it would be all but impossible for the FBI to break iPhone users passcodes in the future.
The FBI has demanded that Apple develop a new version of iOS which will allow it to force the passcode on the terrorists iPhone, yielding what it believes could be key information in the case.
Apple says that it does not have the software to do this and will not comply, citing its belief that opening up one iPhone could lead to demands for thousands of devices to be cracked by government agencies.
Apple CEO Tim Cook claims this would be the software ‘equivalent of cancer’.
Reports from the US suggest the FBI is asking Apple for access to a further 12 iPhones in unrelated criminal cases.
New York Times
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