Apple has always marketed the strong security of iOS with features like the Secure Enclave and hardware encryption. Despite the acknowledged superiority of iOS security compared to Android, customers have granted Android a larger market share. How might Apple's new efforts affect that equation?
Apple is already working on new ways to improve iPhone and iCloud encryption that would make government demands for tools to hack into our personal data worthless. Currently, the FBI is trying to force Apple to create a passcode hackable version of iOS, and that very likely was the incentive to accelerate security improvement efforts.
Reuters released Wednesday the results of a poll that found more people—just less than half—supported Apple in its decision to fight a government order to create a backdoor in iOS. Those results contrast sharply to a Pew poll released earlier in the week that found a majority of people wanted Apple to do the government's bidding. The differences in those results come down in part to the way the questions were phrased.
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FBI Director James Comey penned his own open letter to counter public comments from Apple and CEO Tim Cook arguing against those efforts. So far the mainstream media hads dealt with the letter in a very uncritical fasion. Bryan Chaffin thought that should change.
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The San Bernardino Health Department said in a tweet that the iCloud account used by Syed Rizwan Farook was reset at the request of the FBI. On Friday, court documents and statements from Apple revealed that the iCloud account had been reset 24 hours after the FBI seized an iPhone used by Syed Farook after he and his wife killed 14 people in an act of terror.
Apple offered the FBI four different options for recovering data on the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the terrorists involved in an attack in San Bernardino, CA, in December. None of those methods involved Apple creating a backdoor into iOS as ordered by a federal court this week. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has called on America to boycott Apple until the company helps the FBI break into the phone of a dead terrorist. Mr. Trump has been vocal in his belief that Apple should create a backdoor into iOS that the FBI could then use access an iPhone found on the terrorists behind an attack San Bernardino, CA, in December of 2015.
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