iPhone Unlocking Method Won't Work On Latest Devices Says FBI Director
The FBI Director James Comey said that the secret method of Federal Bureau of Investigation for unlocking the iPhone 5c that is used by one of the San Bernardino’s shooters who will not work on recent models.
On Wednesday Comey said at a conference of encryption as well as surveillance at Kenyon College in Ohio, "We have a tool that works on a narrow slice of phones."
Apple's shares were down 1.3 percent at midday.
Comey also added that the technology would not work on the iPhone 5s as well as on the newer models iPhone 6 and 6s.
The iPhone 5c model was launched in 2013 and has since been terminated by Apple as newer models have become available.
In March, the Justice Department said it had unlocked the iPhone of San Bernardino’s shooter through the help of an anonymous third party and dropped the case against AAPL.O (Apple Inc) that is ending with a high-stakes legal clash but its leaving the higher fight over encryption unsettled.
As the technology cannot be used to crack into later models as well as the authorities of law enforcement will likely have to bend on Apple to help them access the devices which involved in other cases.
Even the Justice Department has asked a New York court to unlock an Apple iPhone 5s associated with a drug investigation. In that case, prosecutors said they would update the court through 11 April on whether it could "modify" and its request would be for the Apple's assistance.
A familiar source with the situation of Reuters that if the government continuously follows that case the company of technology could possibly use legal detection that forces the FBI to disclose what type of technique it is used.
And then Apple and the FBI were not instantly available for comment.
And this week the FBI initiates the meeting with the selected U.S. senators about that method which is used to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone.
Apple's shares had risen more than 5 percent this year that is close up to Wednesday on $110.96.