Apple has been standing its ground against the FBI. After the San Bernardino terrorist attack on December 2, 2015, the government has been attempting to get Apple to build an IOS that is not secure in order to help break into an encrypted cell phone that may have information impertinent to the case. Starting with the USA PATRIOT act after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 the United States government has been using terrorism as a valid excuse to gradually deteriorate the very laws put in place to protect the rights of its citizens.
If the FBI manages to force Apple to develop software to break down its own security, what will happen to future software developers? Will there be more cases where security will be jeopardized in the name of homeland security? There is some speculation that the FBI has not used all of its resources to override the security feature of the three-year-old Apple 5c. and rumors are circulating that a third party forensics software provider has decided to step up and help the FBI in this case. If this option works out for the FBI, Apple will be able to maintain its reputation for being loyal to customers.
With the popularity of global mobile technology companies on the rise, there should be no reason that the FBI would need Apple betray the privacy and security of their customers. If they are still unable to figure out how to override a security feature on a cell phone, what does this say about the future of the NSA?