Apple to block popular police method for breaking into iPhones


The company will reportedly use Power Integrations not only as its sole supplier for fast-charging chipsets for upcoming iPhones but will also use it replace ON Semiconductor and NXP Semiconductors as the main provider for iPhone and iPad charging solutions. "We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs", the company said in a statement.

"If we go back to the situation where we again don't have access, now we know directly all the evidence we've lost and all the kids we can't put into a position of safety", said Chuck Cohen, who leads an Indiana State Police task force on internet crimes against children. Technology companies including Apple have objected to such requests.

It is unclear what took Apple so long to close an iPhone entryway that had become well-known among legal authorities and criminals.

Obviously, this major design change needs to be carefully tested, the next-gen iPhones and iPads will keep the Lightning connector.

It got to that point that two different firms, Israel-based Cellebrite and USA startup Grayshift, began to sell their services to law enforcement agencies trying to hack into locked iPhones, according to media reports. With USB-C already found in Apple's MacBook, this device wide adoption makes sense.

Apple's adoption of Type-C in its iPhones will accelerate other smartphone companies' adoption of the interface in their products, the sources indicated.

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The fix, however, may reignite a firestorm of words that occurred in 2016 between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over accessing the iPhone of San Bernardino mass-shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.

Apple and Google, which make the software in almost all of the world's smartphones, began encrypting their mobile software in 2014.

The update will block anyone using a GrayKey device, which costs $15,000 (£11,000) and can be used to hack into iPhones via the Lightning port.

Apple has insisted that the new security measure is primarily aimed at protecting users in despotic countries, not at making law enforcement's job more hard.

Currently, law enforcement and others can plug specialized tools made by cybersecurity experts into the phone's Lightning port to access data.