iPhone news: Apple CEO Tim Cook stands firmly on iPhone hacking argument with FBI; Bill Gates backs Feds

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With the ongoing debacle between Apple and the Justice Department over whether the company should help the FBI (Federal Bureau Investigation) in cracking the iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernandino shooters, Apple is firmly standing their ground and saying that they did what they can for the FBI and that they are even upgrading the security of their smartphones.

Apple CEO Tim Cook exclusively told ABC News about the situation saying, “We gave everything that we had. We don’t know that there’s any information on the phone. We don’t know whether there is or there isn’t. And the FBI doesn’t know.”

Earlier this week, the FBI pressed Apple to help them guess the passcode of the aforementioned iPhone. Although Cook already said that they have helped the FBI, he continued to refuse to violate any regulations that may unlock any iPhone.

“This case is not about one phone,” Cook explained regarding his company’s decision which was hailed by other tech company CEOs including Google’s Sundar Pichai and Whatsapp President Jan Koum.

“This case is about the future. If we knew a way to get the information on the phone — that we haven’t already given — if we knew a way to do this, that would not expose hundreds of millions of other people to issues, we would obviously do it… Our job is to protect our customers,” he added.

However, despite peer support, Apple seems to be losing to the FBI in the court of opinion, NBC News reported. In a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 51 percent of the public sides with the Justice Department and urges Apple to help the authorities crack the iPhone that shooter Syed Farook used to own. Meanwhile, 38 percent of the group backed Apple in not unlocking the device, while 11 percent is torn on the matter.

Another tech pioneer supporting the FBI is Microsoft’s Bill Gates who recently talked to The Financial Times. “This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case,” the 60-year-old was quoted.