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Donald Trump Says Apple 'Has to Help' Law Enforcement Access Encrypted iPhones

Apple and the US government are at loggerheads for the second time in four years over unlocking iPhones connected to a mass shooting.

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Updated:January 22, 2020, 5:24 PM IST

Donald Trump Says Apple 'Has to Help' Law Enforcement Access Encrypted iPhones
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US President Donald Trump weighed in on Apple’s dispute with the US government over giving law enforcement access to encrypted iPhones, saying the company “has to help”. “I understand both sides of the argument,” Trump told CNBC in an interview from the Davos economic forum. But “we should start finding some of the bad people out there that we can do with Apple. I think it’s very important,” he said. Trump said Apple “has the keys to so many criminals and criminal minds”.

Apple and the US government are at loggerheads for the second time in four years over unlocking iPhones connected to a mass shooting, reviving a debate over providing law enforcement access to encrypted devices. Attorney General Bill Barr said Monday that Apple failed to provide “substantive assistance” in unlocking two iPhones in the investigation into the December shooting deaths of three US sailors at a Florida naval station, which he called an “act of terrorism”.

“You’re dealing with drug lords and you’re dealing with terrorists, and if you’re dealing with murderers, I don’t care,” said Trump. “We have to find out what’s going on,” he added.

 

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Apple Will Release Two High-End iPhones in 2020 With 6GB of RAM

Apple is expected to launch four iPhones in 2020, but will also be launching the more affordable iPhone SE 2 that will have an A13 chip and be priced at $399

Apple Will Release Two High-End iPhones in 2020 With 6GB of RAM
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A new research note from UBS analysts Timothy Arcuri and Munjal Shah claimed that Apple will be launching four new iPhones this year and at least two of them are expected to come with 6GB RAM while other two models will have just 4GB of RAM. The analysts also revealed camera details for all the four iPhones. The 5.4-inch iPhone will have a dual-camera setup with 4GB RAM and the lower end 6-inch iPhone will also feature dual rear cameras and 4GB RAM.

Meanwhile, the high-end 6-inch iPhone is expected to feature a triple rear camera setup with 3D sensing and 6GB RAM pack. The 6.7-inch iPhone will also have the same cameras and RAM. The iPhone maker is also planning to launch an affordable smartphone iPhone SE 2, with production reportedly slated to start in February.

The phone will have an A13 chip, which is also being used in iPhone 11, along with 3GB RAM and will have three colour options: silver, space grey and red. It is likely to start selling at a price of $399 (~Rs, 28,200).

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US President Donald Trump Slams Apple for Not Unlocking iPhones in FBI Probe

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday and accused Apple of refusing to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. Trump tweeted from his handle @realDonaldTrump: “We are helping Apple all of the time on trade and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements.” “They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, ‘NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN’,” Trump wrote.

Trump’s remarks came after US Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday declared the Florida naval airbase attack by a Saudi cadet as an act of ‘jihadist terror’. Twenty-one members of the Saudi military are being expelled from the US after a cadet carried out a mass shooting at the airbase last month. Barr said the cadets were found to have had jihadist material and indecent images of children in their possession.

Three sailors were killed and eight were wounded in the December 6 attack by a gunman identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. Training for Saudi servicemen was put on hold in the US after the attack. On Monday, Barr said he had asked Apple to unlock two iPhones that belonged to the gunman, who was killed by police in the attack. The gunman fired a bullet into one phone in an effort to destroy it, Barr said, but FBI investigators were able to restore the device.

“We have asked Apple for their help in unlocking the shooter’s iPhones. So far Apple has not given us any substantive assistance,” Barr said. Apple had given FBI iCloud data from the attacker’s online account but refused to unlock the phone, saying it would undermine their own encryption software.

The tech firm has clashed previously with the FBI over requests to unlock iPhones belonging to terror suspects. A similar 2016 clash was resolved when the FBI found a way to unlock a phone belonging to a mass shooter in California without help from Apple.