Apple has been ordered by Judge Pym to offer its technical assistance, including, if required, to provide signed software, to bypass or disable the auto-erase function whether or not it has been turned on, to enable the FBI to submit passcodes to the device for testing electronically via the physical device port available on the phone, and to ensure that when the FBI tests passcodes on the phone, software running on the device will not purposefully introduce any additional delay between passcode attempts beyond what is incurred by Apple hardware.
“Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control. … While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”
What he said.