The Federal Bureau of Investigation used a tool to unlock the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters in 2015, but Apple won’t go to extreme lengths to discover how it was done.
According to a report published by ZDNet, Apple will not be going out of its way to sue the FBI in a means to discover the tool that was used to access the iPhone 5c in question. The comments were provided, in background but without names, during a recent conference call.
Apple’s attorneys said that while the tool raised awareness for the iPhone 5c, whatever the tool was will be short-lived, and that it will not have longstanding repercussions moving forward. They added that whatever exploit was used, whatever the tool was, natural product evolution would render the method moot anyway.
It’s worth noting that, already, the unlock method that the FBI used is can’t be used on an iPhone 5s or newer. The Director of the FBI admitted that their method only accesses a “small slice” of iPhones, which is just one reason why the Department of Justice is still seeking the assistance of Apple in unlocking an iPhone 5s in a drug dealing case based in New York.