Just because the FBI has found a way to access the iPhone 5c without Apple’s help, it doesn’t mean the Bureau is laying off on Cupertino.
Reports on Friday focused on the renewed battle between Apple and the FBI, with the latter seeking assistance to break into a New York drug dealer’s iPhone 5s.
Despite the criminal confessing his crimes ahead of sentencing later this year, the Feds are still seeking access to the device to help other investigations.
Apple, of course, is refusing to comply with the warrant.
In a filing to a New York court, the FBI said: “The government continues to require Apple's assistance in accessing the data that it is authorized to search by warrant.”
Apple will file it’s response next week, but an attorney representing the company told reporters it was disappointed with the FBI’s attempts to set a precedent (via CNET).
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Just yesterday we brought news the unlocking method Apple purchased from a third-party only worked on the iPhone 5c and earlier models.
It’s not clear what about the iPhone 5s (and up) that prevents the method working, but the FBI is still seeking a way to access it and iPhone 6 and 6S devices.
Meanwhile, Apple is still trying to figure out how the FBI got into the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone 5c, according to Dir. James Coney.
The FBI ain’t telling either.