Apple is going to ruin cops’ favorite tool for breaking into iPhones


The new security feature, which has already been tested on beta versions of iOS, will be available in future iPhone models. That same access can be exploited by special police-purchased tools to break into fully-locked iPhones. Undoubtedly, researchers and police vendors will find new ways to break into phones, and Apple will then look to patch those vulnerabilities.

Not only is USB Type-C a far more robust option than the current Lightning connector in terms of bandwidth but it will also help alleviate the woes of owning a litany of connectors and adapters that iPhone users now have to wrestle with.

In a statement today, Apple has confirmed that it is indeed going to roll out the USB Restricted Mode, undercutting the easiest way law enforcement or criminals break into iPhones or iPads. The FBI claims it has at least hundreds of electronics devices connected to investigations that it can't access due to encryption.

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In any case, it should be an improvement over the company's previous devices which sported in-display fingerprint scanners. The Nex has a screen-to-body ratio of 91.24%, which means the bezels around the edge of the screen are particularly slim.

But in 2016 Apple refused to help police unlock a phone used by a gunman who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. Apple refused an Federal Bureau of Investigation demand to hack the device, claiming that doing so would introduce a backdoor into iOS and weaken the software's security for all. Instead, the Federal Bureau of Investigation purchased a tool from a third-party that let it hack into the device. Companies including Cellebrite and Grayshift sell the devices, which plug into the Lightning port. Prices for the gadget start at $15,000. Many such efforts rely on gaining access through the Lightning port for which Apple is now restricting access. But then Apple chose to cut the time span to a mere hour with the upcoming iOS 12.

While the above method introduced in iOS 11.4 does indeed work as intended, with iOS 12, Apple plans to significantly ramp-up the potency of the feature by reducing the unlock window from seven days to just one hour. While it's more of a conspiracy theory that Apple was involved in the process, GrayKey turned into a major disaster for the company that sells its products on the basis of security.

"We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs", Apple told Reuters.