Apple unlocked at least 70 iPhones before refusal
Apple had no problems in the past in unlocking iPhones for the government, but in the San Bernardino case Apple seems to be refusing to cooperate with authorities.
The California-based tech giant unlocked dozens of iPhones at federal investigators’ requests between 2008 and 2015, a prosecutor argued last year.
Apple refused to unlock an iPhone that belonged to an accused New York meth dealer in October, months before CEO Tim Cook cited privacy concerns as he pushed back against a Tuesday court order to help FBI agents hack into a cellphone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.
Apple CEO Tim Cook vowed to fight a Tuesday court order requiring his company to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone.