“Technology and social media companies recently joined Apple Inc. to fight the battle of will with the FBI, but now the law enforcement agency may give up the fight, as an alternative method to unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone proves promising,” Denise Garcia reports for CNBC.

“While Apple fought the idea of creating a back door in efforts not to compromise privacy and data security, it didn’t argue against a workaround from the FBI, as that would be beyond the company’s control, former Apple CEO John Sculley told CNBC,” Garcia reports. “‘There’s good reason why any CEO would want to make sure that they’re not cutting a sweet deal with the government behind everybody’s back,’ he said Tuesday, adding that if the FBI turned to a hacker it’s ‘fair.'”

“‘Tim Cook has done an exemplary job of leadership,’ he said,” Garcia reports. “If the FBI succeeds in accessing the information on the iPhone in question, this is not ‘a black eye for Apple,’ as the tech giant is responsibly securing data, he said in an interview with ‘Closing Bell.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Hackers identify flaws which Apple, when made aware, can fix, making their operating systems even more secure. The FBI trying to hack the iPhone is fair game, but setting a Big Brother precedent by forcing a company’s engineers to break their products is not.