It’s revealed that the US government want more than Syed Farook’s iPhone unlocked by Apple Inc according to a report from WSJ. Although the other cases do not involve terrorism but the Journal says that the prosecutors involved have always sought to use the same 220 years old law which was the All Writs Acts of 1789 to access an phone in suspicion.
The FBI had argued that it only Wanted to allow it to “guess the passcode” for the case of San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c but this process might be involve Apple inc having to redevelop a new iOS software that would allow for the cracking of the device in question so that the Fed agency would use Brute-Force to back into the system of the device and get the information it needs. Although FBI agency had argued that it never wanted any decryption of all iPhones but the particular one of Syed Farook.
It’s not clear yet what the other cases involve
As at now, there isn’t a clear lead about the dozen- other devices that the US authority wants unlocked by the Tech company nor what prosecutors are asking Apple to do exactly or what kept making Apple to resist the government’s orders.
Although the Fed agency had claimed that Apple was merely trying to promote its own brands by not giving out the passcode or cracking the device in question. Apple on the other hand believes that it would be dangerous to the privacy of everyone and that other country government might adopt the system therefore devaluating its brands and products.
Apple usually help law agencies by extracting information from both on and off devices using its iCloud backup system for example although there are other measures but the case of the San Bernardino is quiet different since the FBI is quiet demanding too big which is a decryption system that would breach the iOS software. Apple had allegedly blamed the San Bernardino county officials to have attempted overriding the Device causing the chaos and so the iCloud backup might never function again and that’s where the problem lies. As of iOS8, Apple introduced the encryption system which is linked go the pass code that makes any attempt of overriding impossible. We don’t yet know which operating system the dozen other iPhones were running, but the WSJ says that many of them are using older software than iOS 9 and it seems like the clash is just starting out.