Right now, Apple doesn’t know how—or even if—the phone was breached. But they’re curious. Apple’s lawyers said that if the government decides it wants to pursue the case, the company would want to find out who the government consulted to get into the phone without Apple’s assistance, and what “method” they were offered. If the government drops the case, Apple still hopes the FBI would share what it learned about iOS’s vulnerabilities.
So for the time being, the case is on hold. Judge Pym wants a status update from the government by April 5.
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