The U.S. Justice Department asked the court to force Apple to help authorities access a seized iPhone. Before making a decision, Apple was asked if it technically could access the data. The company said that the request "would be impossible to perform" on 90% of devices.
Apple told U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein it could access the 10 percent of its devices that continue to use older systems, including the one at issue in the case. But it urged the judge to not require it to comply with the Justice Department's request.
"Forcing Apple to extract data in this case, absent clear legal authority to do so, could threaten the trust between Apple and its customers and substantially tarnish the Apple brand," Apple's lawyers wrote.
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