Here are some questions I have about this interesting matter that Google hasn’t been able to resolve for me. If anyone has the answers, please let them rip in the comments:
1. Why can’t the FBI/NSA write a new Operating System for the iPhone themselves, and then use it to brute force open the phone in question.
2. Why should Apple be above the law: doesn’t everyone have to use their best efforts to comply with a valid search warrant?
So far as I can tell, the key issue here is Apple’s claim that the government shouldn’t have a master key to everyone’s iPhones. But that’s absurd: the government has access, if properly warranted, to everyone’s real homes according to the constitution, so why shouldn’t it have access to their digital homes as well. The key point is that the government has to have a warrant — a requirement that it recently ignored and lied about, as revealed by Edward Snowden and others. This reality, it seems to me, has made many people lose confidence in US law as a guarantor of their rights in this area.