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  • In February 2016, the US government ordered tech company, Apple, to create software that would allow unauthorized access into the iPhone.

  • The FBI has said this access would allow them to investigate a suspect in the San Bernardino terror attack.

  • But Apple's CEO Tim Cook has refused, saying that a backdoor to the iPhone could lead to significant privacy concerns for their customers.

  • It's rare for a major company to defy the federal government, so we wanted to know, just how powerful is Apple?

  • Well, Apple is the world's most valuable publicly traded company.

  • In February 2015, it rose to be the first US company worth more than $700 billion dollars, about the same as the GDP of Saudi Arabia.

  • Since 1976, Apple has manufactured and sold personal computers, but they're now better known for consumer electronics, including phones, tablets, mp3 players and smartwatches.

  • Apple has sold more than 700 million iPhones worldwide, and stands as the leading smartphone retailer in the United States.

  • But much of Apple's financial success doesn't come from its quantity of sales, but rather the amount spent on each device.

  • In fact, iPhones only count for roughly 14 percent of the global smartphone market.

  • Yet, Apple still makes more than half the total profits in that industry.

  • This, combined with the tight ecosystem of their products, has given Apple an unusual amount of brand loyalty.

  • In a 2015 survey of iPhone users, more than 83 percent of respondents said they planned to stick with Apple for their next smartphone purchase.

  • Apple product releases and store openings are known to attract thousands of people, some of whom wait for hours in line.

  • With such a widespread level of reach and influence, any security breach on Apple products has severe consequences.

  • This was demonstrated in 2014, when hundreds of private photos of celebrities surfaced online as the result of a suspected iCloud hack.

  • This was not only devastating to those who were involved, but it raised concerns about the security of services like iCloud, which store mass amounts of private information.

  • In fact, later that same year, Apple revamped the level of encryption in their mobile operating systems, preventing hackers, governments, and even Apple themselves from gaining access.

  • Tim Cook has long described digital privacy as a human right, and has repeatedly moved beyond his role as CEO, into the center of high-stakes social and political issues.

  • As Apple devices have increasingly been able to carry more personal data, they have been forced to become more secure.

  • The most recent pushback on government intrusion has shown that Apple is powerful enough to stand up to even the FBI.

  • But how can Apple just deny access to the government?

  • What does Tim Cook mean when he says they're unable to access phones produced by Apple?

  • How does encryption work?

  • Check out this DNews video to find out!

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In February 2016, the US government ordered tech company, Apple, to create software that would allow unauthorized access into the iPhone.

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How Powerful Is Apple?

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    鄭小鬼 posted on 2021/08/12
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