Keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction since 2008
I'm not sure how much of a mystery it is. Or was. My thought from early on was that the FBI wanted Apple to crack the phone to provide a plausible cover for getting the information. Which, even though I don't consider myself paranoid, I suspect was obtained by a certain alphabet agency.
I thought it was the feds wanting the courts to give them what could be construed as blanket authorization to get the phone makers to bend over any time they wanted. I think it was a foregone conclusion that the No Such Agency folks could break it if they wanted.
They didn't care about the data - they probably already had it - they just wanted the precedent. When Apple didn't cave in like they expected, they blustered a bit (more for show than any expectation it would work, I think), and then, "Oh, look! Someone else - not any 3 letter agency, I assure you - figured out how to do it without Apple! We withdraw our request!"
Link isn't to apple story....
So, how soon after Apple's demonstrated lack of cooperation does the IRS audit the company?
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