No more police break into iPhone with USB Restricted Mode

Where iOS 12 has introduced Siri shortcuts, Memojis and other updates, a security feature to restrict law enforcement to break into iPhone has also been added.

The new feature “USB Restricted Mode” will block tools like GrayKey and Cellebrite, used by agencies to break into iPhone. Law enforcement agencies is considering it a threat as criminals can use these devices to keep their data protected. Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed that giving a backdoor to the authorities could have worst effects, as the use of the backdoor could go in wrong directions.

Enabling this feature will disable Lightning port for data transfer one hour after the phone is locked but can be used for charging with adaptor. After an hour, password will need to be entered to start transferring the data. However, Apple confirmed it will cooperate with agencies within their powers.

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