While there is an ongoing media uproar over the so called ‘bendgate’ issue of iPhone 6, some users complain of devices bending, consumer reports state that stress tests are conducted on the new iPhone 6 and it is seen that it is not delicate as believed. Consumer Reports conclude that all the phones that were tested were pretty tough.
However another development was brought to note in New York Times this morning. As per it, the iPhone 6 encrypts contacts, photos and emails on the basis of a complex mathematical algorithm, in which a code, created by and unique to each user of the phone, is used. Times says that if the National Security Agency orders Apple for turning over the contents of iPhone 6, it would turn over gibberish along with a note stating that for decoding the photos, contacts and emails of the phone, the code has to be broken or should be obtained from the user.
Times also reports that may be five and a half years would be taken for trying all the combinations for breaking the code. It is needless to say that the U.S. government is not thrilled with iPhone 6 encryption feature.
Brian Chen and David Sanger of Times write that “Officials inside the intelligence agencies, while letting the FBI make the public protests, say they fear the company’s move is the first of several new technologies that are clearly designed to defeat not only the NSA, but also any court orders to turn over information to intelligence agencies.”
In the light of recent revelations of Edward Snowden that NSA and other Federal agencies can easily access the user iPhone’s, the new security feature by Apple which claims that even Apple cannot access to the user’s iPhone unless the secret code is known is definitely going to be a headache to the government agencies like FBI.
So far Apple has chosen to remain calm about the allegations that such security features can be used as a weapon by terrorists. There are also reports that Apple and federal agencies are soon going to meet over this new encryption security feature.