How Apple could let the FBI crack your encrypted iPhone

Apple has said it won't comply with the court order requiring it to install a custom operating system on an iPhone 5c, but there is no technical reason why it couldn't

How Apple could let the FBI crack your encrypted iPhone
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Let’s set aside the discussion of whether or not Apple is right to fear that the court order to assist the FBI in accessing a terrorist's locked iPhone sets a dangerous precedent, and instead focus on the technology. Considering all the security features Apple has built into iOS, is what the judge asking for even possible?

Ironically, there could have been a way that the FBI could get into the iPhone. Because the iPhone was issued by the terrorist's employer, a county agency, the county IT department could unlock the device for the FBI -- that is, if it had used mobile management software to manage the employee's iPhone 5c. But the agency apparently didn't, taking that access option off the table.

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