“Apple Inc. said it may not be needed to help unlock an iPhone connected to a drug case in New York if the government finds a way without its assistance to get into the phone used by the gunman in the December massacre in San Bernardino, California,” Chris Dolmetsch reports for Bloomberg.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation said earlier this month that it was approached by an unidentified third party with a possible way to get into the San Bernardino shooter’s phone,” Dolmetsch reports. “Apple on Thursday asked a U.S. judge to delay a deadline for submissions in the Brooklyn case, saying the government may not need its help accessing the drug dealer’s device if the same method the government is using in California can be used in New York. Judge Margo Brodie on Friday gave the government until March 29 to respond to Apple’s letter.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s position is perfectly logical.

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