“FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the government had purchased ‘a tool’ from a private party in order to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters,” Lorenzo Ferrigno and Charles Riley report for CNN. “‘Litigation between the government and Apple over the San Bernardino phone has ended, because the government has purchased, from a private party, a way to get into that phone, 5C, running iOS 9,'” Comey said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Litigation forced without notice by you, Comey, has ended because you got spanked in public by those who understand the egregious implications of your overreach — on the backs of terrorism victims, no less — so, you blinked, you liar.

“Comey revealed additional information about the source of the tool Wednesday. ‘The people we bought this from, I know a fair amount about them, and I have a high degree of confidence that they are very good at protecting it, and their motivations align with ours,’ he said,” Ferrigno and Riley report. “The FBI director also said the purchased tool worked only on a ‘narrow slice of phones’ that does not include the newest Apple models, or the 5S.”

“Comey said the government was currently considering whether to tell Apple how it pulled off the hack,” Ferrigno and Riley report. “‘We tell Apple, then they’re going to fix it, then we’re back where we started from,’ he said. ‘We may end up there, we just haven’t decided yet.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple already knows, you moron. They 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, 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

Apple shoots for the impossible: An unbreakable iPhone – April 1, 2016
Inside the little-known Japanese firm helping the FBI crack Apple iPhones – April 1, 2016
Here’s how much the FBI is paying Cellebrite for its iPhone hack – March 25, 2016
Meet Cellebrite, the Israeli company reportedly cracking iPhones for the FBI – March 24, 2016
U.S. Senator Wyden pledges to fight limits on encryption – March 31, 2016
Apple’s new challenge: Learning how the U.S. cracked terrorist’s iPhone – March 29, 2016
Did the FBI just unleash a hacker army on Apple? – March 29, 2016
Apple declares victory in battle with FBI, but the war continues – March 29, 2016
Apple vows to increase security as FBI claims to break into terrorist’s iPhone – March 29, 2016
U.S. government drops Apple case after claiming hack of terrorist’s iPhone – March 29, 2016
Meet Cellebrite, the Israeli company reportedly cracking iPhones for the FBI – March 24, 2016

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]