Since then, law enforcement agencies around the USA have used private companies-mainly Cellebrite, an Israeli forensics firm, and Grayshift, which was founded by a former Apple engineer in 2016-to access locked iPhones, generally using the technological loophole that Apple has moved to close. The port can still be used for charging. Apple has justified its action by releasing a statement that says that the company has fixed the loophole not only to prevent government bodies from accessing users' data but also because the loophole is popular amongst thieves and criminals. News of Apple's planned software update has begun spreading through security blogs and law enforcement circles-and many in investigative agencies are infuriated.
"I think that privacy protections are on a collision course with responsible law enforcement actions to conduct legitimate investigations", said Ronald Hosko, a former assistant director of the FBI who is now president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, which raises money to defend officers accused of misconduct.
According to a report in The Fortune on Wednesday, Apple will soon update its current operating system that runs iPads and iPhones.
Apple Inc. announced a change to its iPhone default settings Wednesday that's meant to further secure user information from unauthorized access.
For its 2018 iPhone lineup though, Zhang believes Apple will upgrade the fast charging from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A.
Apple didn't end up building that software.
Apple has defended an iPhone update that blocks police from unlocking suspects' smartphones to hunt for evidence.
For about a year, law enforcement agencies around the world have spent heavily on devices from a company called Grayshift.
On Wednesday, Apple said it was aware of the vulnerability and chose to patch it.
"There are over 700 million iPhones in the hands of consumers. Patching any and all vulnerabilities as quickly as possible is ... the only responsible path to protect the public", said Alex Rice, co-founder of HackerOne, a firm that helps large companies detect security flaws.
It comes as a big annoyance to many users, but Apple remains the technological trendsetter, and despite usually not being first, a technology never really arrives until Apple adopts it.