But in my opinion, I suspect that Apple helped the FBI to break into the phone. The whole case seems too peculiar for it to have occurred any other way. True, while the 5c is a less secure device than the newest iPhones, it just seems too "convienent" that the FBI figured it out without Apple being involved in any way.
Thusly, only two scenarios exist in my mind. Either the FBI was initially too inept to break into the phone and didn't give themselves enough time to do it, choosing instead to go after Apple in court to force them to cooperate OR Apple made a deal with the FBI behind the scenes to help so long as the FBI didn't tell anyone it was them who helped and dropped the legal case entirely.
It's much more realistic for me to believe that Apple all along wanted to help the FBI, but couldn't in the public eye without damaging repercussions to their image if they balked on consumer privacy and security. However, businesses are driven by money, not ideals. So long as Apple can maintain it's image in the public of being defenders of consumer privacy, it's not beyond a reasonable doubt that they wouldn't work with the government in a situation like this especially when it comes to national security.
At the end of the day, one could say a crisis was averted...or at least delayed until a better opportunity. The issue of government access to private devices, at least in the name of national security, wasn't resolved. In all likelihood, we will see this issue come up again. However, it may be under more bleak circumstances. The government and the FBI saw how much consumers still cling to their privacy and security and backed off...for the time being.
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