QR.bizNewsApple killed plans for end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups after the Federal Bureau of Investigation complained

Apple killed plans for end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups after the Federal Bureau of Investigation complained

One of the most reputable Apple analysts, Macotakara, dropped an extensive report coming straight from the company's supply chain reveals some key design features along with sizes for the upcoming 2020 iPhones.

As Reuters reports, six sources have confirmed Apple's plan to implement fully-encrypted iCloud backups.

As reported earlier Apple is likely to release 4 new iPhone models this year including 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch (two models) and 6.7-inch the biggest iPhone ever. However, Apple's approach to encryption would have eliminated the company's ability to access or recover users' backups - something government officials feared would have hindered criminal investigations involving suspects using iPhones. It's not exactly clear why Apple dropped the plan, however.

"Legal killed it, for reasons you can imagine", one Apple employee said of the initiative to Reuters. Apple apparently didn't want public officials to attack the company for protecting criminals.

As for Apple, the company has always maintained that the reason it does not provide end-to-end encryption of iCloud backups is for user convenience.

Once the decision was made, the 10 or so experts on the Apple encryption project - variously code-named Plesio and KeyDrop - were told to stop working on the effort, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

At these prices, Apple can hope to sell a large volume since these are prices better than the OnePlus 7T and the general perception among the smartphone users is that the iPhones offer superior technology to the other brands. As expected, if you're in the USA, you can now buy a refurbished iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max "officially" from Apple's online store.

Barr's comment might lead you to believe Apple has been stonewalling investigators' pleas left and right, but the data tells a different story.

Apple's iCloud, on the other hand, can be searched in secret. Sensitive data, including saved passwords and health data, isn't accessible in backups. However, security analysts and users feared that Apple was collecting data while keeping the location switched on at all times. That meant that Apple would no longer be able to access a user's encrypted backup data and turn it over to law enforcement. Today, law enforcement has access to more data than ever before in history, so Americans do not have to choose between weakening encryption and solving investigations.

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