The FBI has now agreed to help unlock an iPhone and an iPod involved in an Arkansas homicide case, mere days after the Bureau was successful in circumventing security measures on an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. From The Associated Press:
Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said the FBI agreed to the request from his office and the Conway Police Department Wednesday afternoon. A judge on Tuesday agreed to postpone the trial of 18-year-old Hunter Drexler so prosecutors could ask the FBI for help. Drexler's trial was moved from next week to June 27.
Details surrounding how the FBI plans to gain access to the iPhone and iPod in the case are unclear, but the timing is certainly suspect. And since the unlock method used by the FBI in the high-profile San Bernardino case is still unknown, it's also not clear whether it may be similarly applicable to the iPhone and iPod in the Arkansas case.
In any event, the fact that the FBI has now indicated it can act without Apple's help in two separate instances should be concerning to both the tech giant and those who use its products.