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Apple looks set to change their iPhone chargers again and just, ugh

Image    Apple began working on the USB issue before learning it was popularly used by police Image Apple began working on the USB issue before learning it was popularly used by police
Katie Ramirez | 14 June, 2018, 06:31

The two have battled over Apple's encryption on its devices, which makes it hard for law enforcement agencies to break into and get data from phones they procure.

It's easy to jump to the conclusion that this change is purely an effort to block law enforcement from using brute force tactics to gain access to iOS devices.

Apple's iPhone could be in for a big change next year.

A customer views the new iPhone 7 smartphone inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 16, 2016.

A supply-chain rumor claims that Apple will be switching to USB-C ports on its 2019 iPhone lineup. In the latest version of iOS 12, the Lightning port becomes worthless after the iPhone has been locked for just one hour, which dramatically shortens the window of time that cops have to unlock devices.

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"We're constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data", Apple told TechCrunch in an emailed statement.

"We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs", an Apple spokesperson said over email.

In theory, the change could also spur sales of cracking devices, as law enforcement looks to get more forensic machines closer to where seizures occur. Given that the devices cost between $15,000 and $30,000, that could work out much more costly for law enforcement. Vice versa the MacBook charger will likely be too powerful for the iPhone to handle.

Apple and most private security experts argue that government contractors and others can usually find means of cracking devices. After that, the port's functionality is limited to charging the device, and therefore stops hacking tools from accessing the device's data.

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