Apple Continues Its Battle in the San Bernardino Case

As expected, Apple made several moves to strengthen its legal battle with the FBI by objecting to the Central District of California’s order to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone.

The iPhone manufacturer has made two filings, where attorneys indicated that the formal objection was being blocked “in an abundance of caution”. The two-page document was signed by lead attorney Ted Boutrous. The company has also filed another filing, to include a ruling by New York Magistrate Judge that the All Writs Act cannot be applied in the manner the FBI wants.

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” Judge Orenstein considered the government’s application under the All Writs Act (“AWA”) for an order compelling Apple to unlock the passcode on an iPhone running an older version of iOS, a request far less burdensome than the order sought here,” the notice reads. “Judge Orenstein denied the government’s request.”

As we previously wrote, Apple has made it clear to stop the FBI from forcing the company to produce an iOS version with several security-oriented features left out. However, the San Bernardino case could take years until it finds its way through the court system, presuming that the U.S. Congress doesn’t create a legislative remedy in the interim. During a recent hearing, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell gave testimony where he said that he expects from the justice system to provide a resolution before proceeding with any such legislation.