“Apple will not pursue legal action against the US government to discover how federal agents broke into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters,” Zack Whittaker reports for ZDNet.

“Attorneys for Apple speaking on background during a media briefing call on Friday said that it believed the method used to unlock the iPhone 5c would be short lived,” Whittaker reports. “It follows similar comments by FBI director James Comey who said in a speech on Thursday that the hack used to unlock the encrypted phone works on a ‘narrow slice’ of devices.”

“The FBI’s hack in the San Bernardino case would not help agents access a newer iPhone 5s used by a drug dealer in New York, where Apple faces a similar case against the government,” Whittaker reports. “But Apple attorneys said that there was a “healthy amount of skepticism” that the government doesn’t have the ability to use some other method of getting into Feng’s phone. The company said it will be asking the government why it doesn’t believe it can access the phone, and whether or not it has sought the help from external forensic firms.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple fixed the issue in 2013 when they began equipping devices with the Secure Enclave, starting with the iPhone 5s and iPad Mini 2.

The duplicitous FBI should disclose the super duper top secret third party (Cellebrite) and their double-secret method (NAND-mirroring), so that Apple can confirm that it doesn’t work with post-iPhone 5c iPhones (iPhone 5s and later) with Secure Enclaves.MacDailyNews, April 7, 2016

Even without mentioning Cellebrite or NAND-mirroring, with the FBI director confirming that the hack only works on older iPhones, it’s now quite obvious that Apple’s Secure Enclave is the difference maker.

Apple devices with the Secure Enclave include any device with the Apple A7 chip or later:

• iPhone 5S
• iPhone 6
• iPhone 6 Plus
• iPhone 6s
• iPhone 6s Plus
• iPhone SE

• iPod touch (6th generation)

• iPad Air
• iPad Air 2
• iPad mini 2
• iPad mini 3
• iPad mini 4
• 9.7-inch iPad Pro
• 12.9-inch iPad Pro

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