Image Apple began working on the USB issue before learning it was popularly used by police
14 June, 2018, 10:17
Apple is changing settings in iOS that will help prevent devices used by law enforcement and hackers from unlocking iPhone models. Even some of the methods most prized by intelligence agencies have been leaked on the internet.
According to sources from the industry connected to Apple's suppliers, the tech giant based in Cupertino "is redesigning chargers and related interface for its next-generation iPhone and iPad devices, and will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support". "We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs", the company said in a statement.
The feature previously appeared in the iOS 11.3 beta, making its way into the iOS 12 beta and now the company has confirmed that the security patch will make it into a final iOS release.
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In theory, the change could also spur sales of cracking devices, as law enforcement looks to get more forensic machines closer to where seizures occur. The FBI demanded Apple create special software so it could unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the attackers in the San Bernardino shooting in 2015.
The update could reignite tensions between Apple and the USA government, which wants technology companies to include backdoors - official ways to get around encryption and other security measures - on their devices. The company routinely works with investigators on lawful requests for data.
The FBI ultimately found a contractor that broke into the phone without Apple's help.
Apple recently introduced Type-C USB into their Macbooks, so this could be the first step to Apple fully removing all their proprietary connectors. The FBI blamed "programming errors".