According to new reports, Apple will have a few extra days to respond to the FBI's request to unlock iOS.
Citing sources familiar with the timings of court procedures, Bloomberg reported that Apple's deadline has been extended from Tuesday, February 23 to Friday, February 26. The sources requested to remain anonymous as the matter is not public at this time. Apple was originally given five business days to respond, as of February 16, to prepare its response to the court order. It is unclear why Apple was given an extension but reports claim it may be a result of internal court delays or in response to the reaction to the request.
Apple has already said that it plans to fight the federal order saying that the FBI's request would be like creating a "master key" that could easily be abused. "While we believe the FBI's intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products," said CEO Tim Cook in a letter to customers. "Ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect." Apple has gained allies in its fight against the federal order including major tech companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Like Apple, these companies warn that this order would "create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies' efforts to secure their products," as Facebook said in its own statement. Twitter's CEO tweeted, "We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!" Google's CEO Sundar Pichai also voiced support for Apple saying that "forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users' privacy" and would be a "troubling precedent."
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