Apple to undercut popular law-enforcement tool for cracking iPhones

A similar feature has been in betas of earlier iOS versions, but so far it hasn't been included in a shipping version of the operating system.

The company's chief executive, Tim Cook, has hailed privacy as a "fundamental" right and skewered both Facebook and one of Apple's biggest rivals, Google, for vacuuming vast amounts of personal information about users of their free services to sell advertising based on their interests. "We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs".

Apple is planning to add USB-C "support" to its 2019 iPhones and future iPads, according to the latest iteration of a rumor floated annually by the company's Asian supply chain.

If a law enforcement agency wants to gain access to an iPhone, its options are limited, even with a warrant.

The FBI ultimately found a contractor that broke into the phone without Apple's help.

Cyber-security expert Alan Woodward, who is a visiting professor at the University of Surrey, is sceptical of the idea that GrayKey devices could be used for mass surveillance by police. The company went to court in 2016 over its refusal to break into the iPhone of a gunman who, along with his wife, killed 14 people and injured 22 others in San Bernardino, Calif., in December 2015. Undoubtedly, researchers and police vendors will find new ways to break into phones, and Apple will then look to patch those vulnerabilities.

Comcast bids for Murdoch's Fox assets in Disney challenge
That transaction, described by the two companies as a merger, was set to give Fox shareholders a roughly 25% stake in Disney. The combined company posted almost $192 billion in sales past year , and is worth roughly $282 billion on the stock market.

Reuters and The New York Times first reported that Apple had confirmed the new feature.

Apple said the new features are not created to frustrate law enforcement but prevent any bypassing of encryption by good or bad actors.

Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang has claimed in a new research note that Apple will switch to higher powered charging for its next generation of iPhones by upgrading from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A charging circuitry, AppleInsider is reporting.

The change will mean that after the hour passes, the technique will no longer work.

Forensic companies that once employed machines to break through security provisions will now have only an hour to run code on the devices. Grayshift did not respond to requests for comment.

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