Until now, it's been possible to plug an iPhone into another device and transfer data through its charging port.
Since then, law enforcement agencies across the country have increasingly employed that strategy to get into locked iPhones they hope will hold the key to cracking cases. To access and sync data, Passcode, TouchID, FaceID or PIN would be required. Any security flaw can be exploited by a bad actor as well.
As we are getting closer to the launch of Apple's annual lineup of iPhones, leaks and rumours about them are pouring in.
When it comes to the new USB security measure, meanwhile, Apple said in a statement to Reuters that the move is directed toward hackers and bad actors instead of law enforcement. The Cupertino-based technology giant refused to comply on the same.
Michael Sachs, an assistant district attorney in Manhattan, said his office uses workarounds-he declined to specify which-to access locked iPhones several times a week.
"They are blatantly protecting criminal activity, and only under the guise of privacy for their clients", Moore told the Times.
"And certainly not permanently weaken security with a mandated backdoor", Cardozo added. In 2016, the company refused a demand from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it create software to circumvent encryption technology on an iPhone that had belonged to a suspect in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The note, which was passed on to Apple Insider, says that Apple will upgrade its charging circuitry from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A, although it doesn't say if and how these will be split across the new iPhone models.
Opening locked iPhones through these methods has become more common, law enforcement officials said. Will it sour the relationship between Apple and the law enforcement in the future? Two vendors - Cellebrite and Grayshift - announced they could crack any iPhone made. Grayshift doesn't say who its customers are.
"What about the company that does this in China to attack the dissidents?" "As you know, most of these companies do sell to pretty questionable governments".
In its bi-annual transparency report in May, Apple said the governments around the world sent requests for device information on 29,718 Apple devices, with India asking for 27 device requests in the July-December 2017 period.
Welcome to our mid-year Apple rumour roundup, popping up just in time for the company's annual September product announcement.