Department Of Justice Asks To Vacate Court Hearing About Apple Encryption As Apple Unveils New iPhone 5 SE

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a motion in court to vacate a March 22nd court hearing in the controversial encryption case between Apple and the F.B.I. that is connected to a locked iPhone 5c used by one of the terrorists during the December 2nd San Bernardino terrorist attack.

The motion to vacate the hearing was approved later in the day on Monday by Federal Magistrate Sheri Pym in the United States District Court for the Central District of California who signed the initial court order that compels Apple to design a new software that weakens its encryption protection software and makes it easier to crack the iPhone passcode to access an Apple users’ personal data.

The court filing on Monday states that an outside party had demonstrated a pathway for the F.B.I. to possibly unlock the phone in question used by one of the terrorist gunman, Syed Rizwan Farook, and would not require Apple’s assistance to unlock the iPhone in question.

Apple has resisted the federal court order compelling the iPhone maker to rewrite and inherently weaken its encryption for the F.B.I. to unlock a special backdoor access to Apple iPhones that could be used in federal investigations and serve as a precedent on several other federal cases, raising privacy concerns for Apple users.

The Justice Department is relying heavily the All Writs Act, from the first session of Congress in 1789, as a  legal basis for ordering Apple to comply.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 1977 case United States v. New York Telephone Co , that the All Writs Act offered enough authority for a U.S. District Court to order a telephone company to assist law enforcement officials in installing a device on a rotary phone used to track the phone numbers dialed on that phone used  for criminal activity.

APPLE iPhone SE

aiophonApple unveiled on Monday the latest version of their popular iPhone called the iPhone 5 SE.

The iPhone 5 SE comes in a smaller 4 inch retina display screen size, the same size as the iPhone 5 and operates on A9, the same advanced chip used in the iPhone 6s that is featured with a 12‑megapixel camera, 4K videos with up to 4 x the resolution of 1080p HD video, and live photos.

The design is crafted with bead-blasted aluminum for a satin-like finish and is offered in silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold.

The weight is 3.99 ounces or 113 grams.

Pricing of the iPhone 5 SE with the 16 GB model is $399 and starts from $13.30 per month with carrier financing.

The 64 GB model is $499.00 and the financing starts from $16.64 per month.

Orders begin on March 24th.

Apple reports that the iPhone Upgrade Program is available only when purchasing iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

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