At a daily briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Department of Justice was asking for access to just one device.
"They are not asking Apple to redesign its product or to create a new backdoor to one of their products," Earnest told reporters. He says the case is about authorities learning "as much as they can about this one case" and "the president certainly believes that is an important national priority."
In his letter to customers, Cook said "Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation."
This software could then be used by anyone who had it to unlock any iPhone, essentially giving them a backdoor into the device.
"In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession."
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