The FBI’s Efforts in Unlocking the Secrets from Syed Farook’s iPhone

The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) finally agreed having had to work with government officials from San Bernardino County in attempts to dig up any information from an iPhone 5C, previously owned by Syed Farook. Their attempts were a series of actions that involved resetting the phone’s iCloud account password in order to get access to Farook’s last saved actions hoping that they would lead to something significant. Re/code went ahead to clarify reports from Apple that less than 24 hours after the iPhone 5C was acquired and in government property the Apple ID password, which Farook handled, had been changed. However, if ever the required backup information the FBI was requesting for had not been recovered, Apple engineers would have worked round the clock till every single detail was unearthed.

In spite of the efforts that were in place in attempt to reset the password, the FBI confirmed that the efforts did not have any impact on Apple’s compliance to a court order that demanded it creates an iOS version that could allow authorities to gain access of the terrorist’s iPhone 5C by means of a brute force attack. Additionally, the FBI stated that direct extraction of data from an iOS device more often than not has more information to disclose than from a mere iCloud backup has. Regardless of their attempt to get Apple to assist them in getting more information out of their device, Tim Cook and Apple have been less than forthcoming.

Still, failure to have reset the password as was initially done and Apple agreeing to have switched on the auto-backup of the iCloud and concurrently have loaded the saved data, it would have been a pointless endeavor owing to the fact that iCloud backup never saves all the data in a device. Prior to such a serious situation Apple must switch on the auto-backup and load the information as dictated by the All Writs Act order. The government’s initial objective was to get as much information as possible to aid the investigation. This is still the top priority.

According to an open letter from Cook on Wednesday, he confirmed that Apple is no more or less shocked and outraged by the San Bernardino attacks last December than the FBI already is. Additionally, Apple continues to trust that the FBI’s intents are out rightly good but creating a backdoor out of the name of these whole-hearted intentions would be too dangerous.

The White House however later on denied affirmative action over these allegations of creating a backdoor to Apple’s products. They are rather interested in gaining access to the contents of one iPhone 5C device. Following this, the US Department of Justice called upon Apple’s opposition i.e. a marketing strategy in attempts to push them in to complying with the initial court order.

As a result social media has made the dispute between the FBI and Apple widespread for weeks with Google, Facebook and Twitter, and campaigners publicly backing up Apple leaving aspiring US candidate Donald Trump and a few San Bernardino Victims having sided with the FBI. As the situations stands now, Apple has until the 26th of February to file its legal arguments against the court order hunting them.

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History of Apple Inc

Apple Incorporated was founded in the city of Los Altos in California, in the now famous garage of the home of Paul and Clara Jobs, on the day of April 1st, 1976. Three of its founders were: Steve Job (now deceased), Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.  Their intent was to sell the personal computer they have developed, called Apple I. These were built by Steve Wozniak and offered for sale in July of 1976 at the price of 666.66$ (this would be around 2750$ in today’s money).

nha-dong-sang-lap-apple-steve-wozniak-se-tro-chuyen-voi-300-doanh-nhan-viet1447062403Apple was later incorporated without Ronald Wayne, who decided (what is now seen as one of the biggest business flops in history) to sell his share of the company to the two other founders, Jobs and Wozniak (which know the best way how to uninstall programs on a mac), for a mere 800$. Apple got the necessary financial kick start through the assistance of Mike Markkula , a rich investor. Apple’s revenues started to rise dramatically over the next few years, especially after the development of Apple II in 1977. By the early 80’s, the company was making more than 100 million dollars per year. By that time, Apple already had a production line and a staff of designers.

Apple III came out in 1980 and Apple was now seriously challenging the likes of other major computer companies like IBM and Microsoft.  One of the major decisions made by Jobs in 1982 was to acquire a low cost computer project called Macintosh, which, later, came out on top in the competition with another Apple product called Lisa. Lisa was quickly abandoned because of its high price and limited software titles. Hence, Macintosh was to become the priority product of Apple.

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Apple saw a lot of success with Macintosh, becoming their staple product. However, policy confrontations within the company, concerning business strategies, have led to the departure of Steve Jobs in 1985. The company then continued to keep the strategy of high price-high profit, but this turned out to be a now so wise decision, because many new companies have started to offer personal computers for smaller amounts of money. Early and mid-90’s saw a period of decline for the company after experimenting with Quadra, Centrist and Performa lines of personal computers, and also venturing into other consumer products such as speakers, video consoles, digital cameras and even TV’s which all turned out to be unsuccessful.

Eventually, this led to the return of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple in 1997, and the company went through a major turn-around.  The following years saw the introduction of iMac, iOS, iPhone 7 (apple developed operating system), acquisitions of other small business, going into retail, development of iTunes and so on. This all resulted not just in a return to profitability, but to Apple becoming, or reinstating itself, as a major player in the world computer market, and probably the most easily recognizable brand in computer business. Today, after the successful transition to mobile devices, Apple holds the no. 2 spot in the information technology business, right after Samsung (by revenue).

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