After Apple filed a a motion
with U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym, asking the court to vacate the order compelling it to hand over certain information to the government, it saw the most prominent names in tech siding with it. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and even Twitter or Verizon want to file amicus briefs towards that same Apple motion, expressing their agreement with Apple's First Amendment defense
These are some of the world's richest and brightest companies pooling resources together, so the FBI would have a steep hill to climb if it wants a free-range back door hack to iPhones in a legal way.
Meanwhile, in the next installment of presidential wannabes commenting on the clash between Apple and the FBI, the Republican debate last night turned for the bizarre when John Kasich said Obama should lock Tim Cook and the Feds in a room, and intervene until a deal is hammered out. Oh, well, it did get funnier than that afterwards, but no apples were involved in the following exchange.