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Apple demands delay in NY iPhone case

Gregg Keizer | March 29, 2016
Company wants to test the alt approach used by FBI in San Bernardino terrorist iPhone case.

"Regardless of what the DOJ concludes regarding whether the method being evaluated in San Bernardino works on the iPhone here, it will affect how this case proceeds," Zwillinger asserted.

The New York iPhone runs iOS 7, the 2013 edition of Apple's mobile operating system. The Cupertino, Calif. company made extensive changes to iOS's security model starting with iOS 8.

Although Zwillinger said that the DOJ did not oppose the proposed 14-day extension in the New York case, he noted that the government "did not want to join in Apple's rationale for such request."

Zwillinger also revealed that Apple would want time to test the mysterious iPhone hacking procedure if the DOJ contended that it would not work on the drug dealer's iPhone. "Apple will seek to test that claim, as well as any claims by the government that other methods cannot be used," he said. Previously, Apple said that it wanted to know how the San Bernardino iPhone was hacked, assuming the new know-how did the trick.

The government has not responded to that request, but security experts have reported that the FBI has classified the process, a move that might be the basis for a future refusal to share information with Apple.

Apple suggested that the two parties to the New York case issue either separate status reports or a jointly-written one by April 11, or six days after the DOJ's report is due in the San Bernardino litigation.


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