The company told Reuters that while it respects law enforcement agencies and the work they do, it must protect it customers against hackers. Apple hinted at the change in early versions of its iPhone software, iOS.
The company's chief executive, Tim Cook, has hailed privacy as a "fundamental" right and skewered both Facebook and one of Apple's biggest rivals, Google, for vacuuming vast amounts of personal information about users of their free services to sell advertising based on their interests.
However, Apple denied the changes were created to thwart USA law enforcement.
According to sources from the industry connected to Apple's suppliers, the tech giant based in Cupertino "is redesigning chargers and related interface for its next-generation iPhone and iPad devices, and will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support". The company is closing off an unintended security hole in iOS that law enforcement has been using to hack into iPhones.
News of Apple's planned software update has begun spreading through security blogs and law enforcement circles - and many in investigatory agencies are infuriated.
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You cannot do things this way. "We have been compelled to act". "Now more than ever (we must) be with our players". Although, if he takes Spain deep in the World Cup then little will be made of that. "It's a nice challenge.
On Wednesday, Apple said it was aware of the vulnerability and made a decision to patch it. In 2016, Apple refused to co-operate with an Federal Bureau of Investigation request to unlock the phone of a gunman who, with his wife, killed 14 people in San Bernardino in 2015. But Apple confirmed yesterday that a plugged-in iPhone will require a passcode every hour for the data transfers to continue.
Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang has claimed in a new research note that Apple will switch to higher powered charging for its next generation of iPhones by upgrading from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A charging circuitry, AppleInsider is reporting. If they want to unlock suspect devices, they'll need to plug them into a GrayKey within an hour of seizing them, which could mean deploying the GrayKey devices far more proactively with first responders, rather than keeping them in a lab.
The change may not sound like much, but it probably throws a serious roadblock in law enforcement attempts to break into iPhones.
Apple said that it has a team that responds to law enforcement and national security requests 24 hours a day.