The reports of the Turkish media claim that Apple has asked to help to unlock an iPhone that belong to the Russian ambassador of the killer. The device, a relatively archaic iPhone 4S, was reportedly recovered from the 22-year-old Mevlüt Mert Altntas, a 22-year-old police officer who shot and killed the Russian ambassador in Turkey .
The iPhone is said to be protected with a standard 4-digit passcode. In theory, and depending on the version of iOS installed on the device, the protection should be relatively easy to circumvent. MacReports claims that Turkey has asked Apple for help in unlocking the device, but “although Apple has not said anything yet, it is clear that Apple will not help you.” In addition to Apple would support, Russia is also apparently sending a team of technical experts to Turkey to help investigate the phone.
The case has echoes of the long-running Apple vs FBI battle over the raising of the San Bernandino killer app for the iPhone 5c earlier this year. There are important differences, however. Apple has in the past met the legal commands for the unlock of a device, within the limits of his ability. What is the objection against the in the San Bernandino case it was to write software to specifically create a backdoor in iOS, which it said was a slippery slope that could fundamentally damage the security of iOS devices.
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Depending on the iOS version in question here, that is not necessary. Older versions of iOS, it lacks full device encryption and without the hardware protection of the Secure Enclave chip, are much more vulnerable. The iPhone 4S can run iOS 9, but versions of iOS 7, and further tend to slow the device so much that many users stay on older versions.