Apple tells New York court that the FBI doesn't need its help to unlock an iPhone

Apple tells New York court that the FBI doesn't need its help to unlock an iPhone
Apple didn't mince words in a document it filed for a federal court case in New York. Talking about the government's request that Apple unlock an Apple iPhone 5s in a case involving a drug dealer, Apple told the court that since the FBI has already unlocked Syed Farook's iPhone 5c without Apple's help, "The government has utterly failed to satisfy its burden to demonstrate that Apple’s assistance in this case is necessary."

Back in February, U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled against the government, stating that the 18th century's All Writs Act was not the appropriate law to cite when trying to get Apple to unlock an iPhone model. The All Writs Act is a statutory catch-all that allows the U.S. federal courts "to issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law." The Justice Department has been able to get courts to agree that the act could be interpreted as saying that tech manufacturers need to unlock their devices at the government's request. Orenstein's decision, if other courts agree with his way of thinking, could be a dangerous new precedent from the government's point of view. It would make the All Writs Act useless in its efforts to get Apple and other companies to unlock their devices.

In denying the government's motion requesting a court order against Apple, Judge Orenstein wrote, "Ultimately, the question to be answered in this matter, and in others like it across the country, is not whether the government should be able to force Apple to help it unlock a specific device; it is instead whether the All Writs Act resolves that issue and many others like it yet to come. For the reasons set forth above, I conclude that it does not. The government’s motion is denied."

So that is where we stand as we await a ruling on the government's appeal from U.S. District Judge Margo Brody. She will either side with Orenstein, who says that the All Writs Act is not enough to force Apple to unlock its iOS devices at the request of the feds, or she will rule that the government can still use the act to force tech companies like Apple to unlock their products.


source: TechCrunch

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40 Comments

1. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Sorry guys but on an unrelated note which would you choose and why : LG G4. 32gb LEATHER Moto X Pure Edition 16gb SILICONE I need help on deciding a phone for a family members Birthday !!! Thnx for the help ☺

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I vote for MotoX pure (and dont forget to decorate it with motomaker :D )

7. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Both have pretty terrible battery life. How about something like the note 4?

9. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

It's for my Mum Her priorities : Battery Screen Camera Call Quality Strong She's FINALLY Decided to get a nice phone after a history of Budget GALAXY'S (Ace 3, Core Prime)

10. tyrionTheWise unregistered

If battery is a concern, please don't buy her a 2015 flagship. They are all terrible, except maybe the 6s plus.

12. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

I was considering Note 4 but it's getting old and less updates and where I live (NZ) it's about $100nzd more than Moto X & G4

18. tyrionTheWise unregistered

How about nexus 5X or 6P. Both are better than G4 or moto X. About the updates, it doesn't matter that much since your mom won't be a power user. And $100 NZ is just 69USD. So not much especially if you consider the excellent screen, processor and battery of note 4. The battery is really horrendous on both G4 or moto. But if forced, I would go for moto due to better screen and software.

40. dazed1

Posts: 787; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

5x is not better then the G4, sorry dude.

13. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

S6edge+ has good battery life.

15. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Wayyyyyy too expensive for her

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if you didnt mind chinese brand, what about xiaomi redmi note 3, it have SD650, 5.5inch 1080p, and 4000mAh battery.. and if she didnt really mind about performance, just get Moto X Play, it have 5.5inch 1080p, around 3500mAh battery, 21MP camera, and still cheaper than X Pure

34. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

She thinks it's ugly as (facepalm)

24. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Rule #1: Never ever buy budget Samsung Galaxy phones, they're freaking terrible. Buy her a Note 4, I'm sure she will love it as it's big enough for her, it has a S-pen so she can use it to write notes and reminders, great display and cameras, fast charging, removable battery, and great call quality as well. and yes it's also strong. Though I'm doubtful if it'll receive more updates after Marshmallow (I hope your mom doesn't bother updates)

30. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Galaxy A & J series is very very Good but Grand Prime and all other are pure S**t

35. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

I was considering a Galaxy A5 2016 ??? BUT reviews all say it lags pretty bad

36. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Galaxy A5 (2016) has crazy good battery life. No lag at all!

38. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

All the reviews say it stuttered here and there which would drive her nuts if she was to (FINALLY) buy a smarter smartphone !!!

41. dazed1

Posts: 787; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

They were, terrible.

11. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The advanatages of the Moto X: 1. It has a larger display 2. It has dual front facing speakers. My relative owns a G4 and while the speakers are quite loud, they don't sound particularly good and they are really easy to cover up. 3. The performance is noticeably smoother. The G4 is by no means slow, but it does stutter occasionally. 4. Better battery life. 5. Metal sides 6. Better software (in my opinion). I had a G3 and LGs UI was definitely the worst part about that phone. Advantages of the G4: 1. Better camera 2. Smaller dimensions 3. Nicer display (in my opinion) 4. Leather back I personally would choose the Moto X, as I like phones with large displays, front facing speakers and I prefer Moto's skin.

14. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Thnx your comment is a HUGE help ☺

19. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

No problem :D

17. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I would choose the G4. Much better camera and good grip thanks to the leather.

45. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

1 con is all you need to destory a moto. They don't back their warranties

16. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Also just considering a Nexus 5X

28. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Turbo 2?

26. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

nexus 6p. it has a deal for $50 buck off right now too

31. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Moto X Pure is a better option.

44. looney2388

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 17, 2016

Get a nexus 6p it's $50 off. So 64gb is $500. Battery= 3450mah Screen= samsung amoled Camera= is the same or sometimes can outdo the 2016 flagships like Galaxy s7 edge, LG G5 Call Quality= great and has front facing speakers Strong= yes has a metal body I believe. Just get a good case. Other= has rear finger scanner and gets newest android updates ASAP before LG, Samsung, sony, HTC, etc.... Nexus 6p>lg g4 or moto pure x

5. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

now the release of iphone and ipad is done, it is time to close the show......... nice advertising stunt though.... which hacked all the media attention without much effort........

8. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

*Yawn* just one more attack in the us and they will know who to support.

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