Apple has refused to comply with the court order. See Apple CEO Tim Cook's letter to customers.
According to this article, which supports Apple's position on the matter:
In the past, Apple was able to use a tool that would physically plug into the phone and let it respond to search warrant requests, but since 2014, the company has encrypted the contents of its iPhones and iPad tablets by default, and only those with the password can access the data on it.According to another article:
...The investigators are trying to determine to what extent married couple Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were influenced by radical Islamic terrorist groups, as well as who they had been communicating with before the shootings. Investigators have been unable to access Farook’s iPhone 5C.Read the entire article HERE.
Sheri Pym, the federal judge, has ordered Apple not to turn off its encryption but to make it easier for federal agents to randomly guess the iPhone’s passcode. Apple has built a security feature into iPhones so that a phone slows down anyone trying to “brute force” his way into a phone by guessing passcode after passcode.
The built-in delay is so substantial that Apple said it would take someone 5 1/2 years to guess every possible code for a single device.
The court order requires Apple to circumvent that delay. “[Apple] will ensure that when the FBI submits passcodes to the SUBJECT DEVICE, software running on the device will not purposefully introduce any additional delay between passcode attempts beyond what is incurred Apple hardware,” it reads.
The magistrate also wants Apple to turn off any “auto-erase” functions on the phone, if enabled. This will be done with a program Apple is ordered to write and will allow FBI agents to install it on the suspect’s phone at a federal or Apple facility, according to the order....
Some are praising Apple's stand, others are vilifying it.
Should Apple be required to comply with the court order demanding access to the iPhone used by jihadist Syed Farook? Please explain the reasons for your answer.
Beamish has posted the following to this thread:
There is more than one way to skin a cat. All cell phone OS's are tied to their phone's IMEI serial number.If that is accurate, then Apple CEO Tim Cook is grandstanding.
Apple would simply have to push an altered OS update to the specific phone, and that altered OS would only work on THAT phone if it were coded specifically for that IMEI.
Otherwise, they force the Feds to code a patch that could affect ALL IPhones.