Survey finds majority of Americans don't side with Apple
posted by Alan F. / Feb 23, 2016, 12:32 AM
Political affiliation does not appear to make a difference on one's opinion. 56% of Republicans and 55% of Democrats say Apple should unlock the phone. Independents are basically split, with 45% of them saying that Apple should create the software and unlock the phone; 42% disagree.
Age apparently does have some effect on how you stand on this issue. Those 18-29 years of age favor the government's stance by a 47%-43% margin. Those who believe Apple should unlock the phone rose to 51% of Americans aged 30-49 and 50-64. 54% of respondents 65 years of age and older support the government's position.
Interestingly, 50% of smartphone owners side with the government (vs.41% who agree with Apple). While more iPhone users think that Apple should bow to the court order, it was a close vote (47%-43% in favor of unlocking the phone). 53% of those with another brand of smartphone say that Apple should produce the version of iOS demanded by the feds, while 38% disagree. And by a 52%-33% margin, those who do not own a smartphone think Apple should cave.
What is your opinion? You can see if you match up to the 1002 adults questioned by Pew by clicking on the slideshow to view the results of the survey.
source: Pew via WSJ
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pa you should run a vote to see how us phone geeks feel as a community
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 12:36 AM 3
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They did that already. I don't believe paid and fixed surveys. I am with Apple on this and it should hold by any lawful way its current stance. Sure, in the end they' ll reconcile. The government won't accept to look like it is in a weak position anymore. Hence the "independent surveys"
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 2:15 AM 14
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It's a good thing that the majority of Americans don't support terrorism. Supporting Apple is supporting terrorism. Lets see. If Apple wins this case, be sure get more terrorist operations. If those guys have been able to use the iphone to plan their terrorist acts without being caught and now they can't even be disclosed because of the so called protecting "encryption and security". I don't even understand this delima, keeping "encryption and security" to hide a terrorist and possibly his co terrorists that are still running around. This is something that one will take more than understanding to decipher.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 4:37 AM 5
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So that means whoever is supporting Apple, is supporting terrorism. They don't care about America or their siblings. And the ones whose supporting Apple still hates terrorist. what BS. Hypocrite two faced double standards. Dumbass morons.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 5:38 AM 5
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That's like saying the "BlackLivesMatter" movement is a "anti-white" movement. Neither of those are the case and you need to stop jumping to conclusions. There is a bigger picture beyond this case and the sooner you understand that, the better.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 6:44 AM 0
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The dumb award goes to this guy and everyone else that doesn't think the phone is a violation of privacy... The 4th amendment states "Unreasonable search and seizure". This is beyond reasonable and everyone needs to STFU and let the FBI do their job and Apple needs to comply with a legal court order and be fined with contempt. Dumb asshats.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 10:43 AM 2
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Nope at max apple need to take the phone unload all its info on a usb stick and send it to the FBI. Creating backdoor and custom ios to crack phone should NEVER be put into any governement hand. Its been seen often in the past thats governement love to discredit ppl using various informations now just think what could happen if they can use this backdoor to push stuff on your phone.. Lets say lil child porn pictures by exemple. A door can be used both way so lets not create one! If you dont see the implication you are the Dumbass.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 1:52 PM 2
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No one can say that corrupt cops will exploit the tool for yheir own gain..let alone China or even worse north korea.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 12:53 AM 5
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That's the problem.. You can't be sure so why take that risk. We are slowly giving our rights away and most have no idea they are doing so
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 5:08 AM 3
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As I have said many times, it's the owner of the phone asking for the unlock, all they need to happen is the fbi take it to Apple, Apple make a new software that easy to unlock Removes the data, on to USB, gives back the data to the fbi Then Apple put back the old software on the phone and give it back to the fbi, it then removes the software from there systems And then to end it all, it removes the software auth key from there systems, so even if the software some how get leaked by bad staff it can not be reused in any way (Fbi can also say Apple can destroy the phone if needed)
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 9:03 AM 2
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Although I am not a American, but since government are working the same way, I could say this might be one of their propaganda in order for them to find a reason to control over everything, start from inflict fear to the people, then the people will force the corporate to follow their"government" request. Let just say if Apple had follow the government request, soon other tech company may have to follow as well.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 12:55 AM 5
I disagree that it's entirely propaganda. They have an extremely legitimate reason for wanting to get into that phone. But of course, those within the government that want to be able to gain access to personal electronics are going to use this as an example of why they should be able to and paint themselves as only trying to protect the people. To be fair, it's difficult to know who legitimately believes that and who doesn't.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 1:18 AM 0
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But they did get into the phone... Then locked it again with a new password. This is the whole problem, they had access to the info they wanted and now they're using the whole "poor victims", "must stop terror" line again to get a way into everyone's private info - that's Apple's point. The FBI are the ones being devious here and stirring up hate and anger to get their way, as they always do...
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 1:38 AM 8
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Of course up to now, we won't know who are the one behind all those attack, whether is truly terrorist act or another government propaganda. However, if the government simply needed Apple to unlock that particular iPhone and given the data to them, I am okay with that, in fact that is totally legitimate as it connected to the safety of the state. However the government request Apple to create a software for them to unlock the iPhone, which literally the government can just access to every iPhone as they want, this is where the question come in to my mind.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 1:51 AM 3
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If the FBI make Apple develop software to unlock the iPhone, which is what they're asking - do you think they'll just hand it back to Apple when they're finished? Or might they make a copy? Perhaps? Once it's made and put in FBI hands it's basically "out there" and available to use at will whenever they feel like it, on anyone's device. Would it take seasoned FBI hackers much effort to develop WiFi variants so everyone's phone could be hacked into as they're in public areas? I think Apple's point is that if they do this it's the tip of the iceberg for the FBI being able to access everyone's data at will.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 10:34 AM 0
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This is the problem with people who comment on things that they barely understand. The FBI has specifically stated that they do not want the software at all. They do not even want the iPhone back at all. The FBI has stated that they would be content with Apple figuring out a way to unlock that specific iPhone, extract the information, and pass the information to them. The FBI does not have to obtain or even understand the method.
posted on Feb 23, 2016, 10:48 AM 1
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