Apple Tests Feature That Could Hamper Investigators' Access to iPhones

Apple Tests Feature That Could Hamper Investigators' Access to iPhones

Apple Tests Feature That Could Hamper Investigators' Access to iPhones

Obviously, this major design change needs to be carefully tested, the next-gen iPhones and iPads will keep the Lightning connector. Ironically, the big victor of this change will be companies like Cellebrite and GrayShift that make the cracking machines.

The change may not sound like much, but it probably throws a serious roadblock in law enforcement attempts to break into iPhones.

Apple representatives said the change in settings will protect customers in countries where law enforcement seizes and tries to crack phones with fewer legal restrictions than under USA law. Some of the methods most prized by intelligence agencies have been leaked on the internet. "We're constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data", said the company in a statement.

Apple began working on the issue before learning that it was being used by police.

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While the feature is now optional and can be turned on or off via Settings in iOS 11.4, it will be made permanent in an upcoming release of iOS 12, which will likely make the feature near-ubiquitous in the coming months.

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With the new settings, police or hackers will typically have an hour or less to get a phone to a cracking machine.

On Wednesday, Apple said it was aware of the vulnerability and chose to patch it.

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The update could reignite tensions between Apple and the United States government, which wants technology companies to include backdoors - official ways to get around encryption and other security measures - on their devices.

There is a chance Apple will work its tech wizardry to create universal charging soon but it seems more likely this will come later, if at all.

But in 2016 Apple refused to help police unlock a phone used by a gunman who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

That's a unusual thing to say, because Apple would actually be late to the party if it ends up switching to USB-C in 2019.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company's decision saying, among other arguments, that weakening encryption gives criminals and other malicious actors an easier way to break into phones. Many flagship Android phones already use USB-C for charging, and have done so for a number of years. The FBI blamed "programming errors".

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