Are all of you tech geeks out there following the Apple story? I really wasn’t following it at all until I saw it on the news Monday morning. My initial response was shock that Apple was not cooperating and helping to break into the phone. There could be vital information on that phone that would prevent future attacks! Then, as I read more about it, I started to change my mind.
Let’s assume that Apple is telling the truth and that they really don’t have a current way to do what the government wants them to do. They would have to create software that would circumvent the security passcodes on the phone in order to get to the data. Apple’s argument is that once this is created, it can’t be undone and could be used on anyone’s iphone, going forward. The Whitehouse says that they are only asking for Apple’s help in breaking into this one phone but Apple said that it does not work that way. If it’s done for one phone, the same software could be used to break into any iphone.
Upon further review, the libertarian in me sides with Apple. I am surprised though that the government can’t figure out how to do this without Apple’s help. I’m expecting a friend, and semi-regular reader of this blog, to chime in with his geekspertise(I coined that word just for him). Can’t the government find and hire someone that does not work for Apple to solve this problem for them? While we wait for his response, here’s a couple of cool, apple themed tunes. The first, an early recording by Pink Floyd and the second, a great power pop tune from the Apple record label(see what I did there?) by Badfinger.