Remember how, in 2016, Apple refused to comply with a court order to help the Department of Justice (DoJ) unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters? The FBI was able to eventually gain access to the device without the company’s help — and the agency seems to be doing just fine with the latest models four years later.

According to reports from Bloomberg and Forbes, the FBI has successfully unlocked current-gen iPhones in two recent cases.

The first one involved an iPhone 11 belonging to Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas, indicted for his involvement in pressuring Ukraine to investigate President Trump’s rival. The other one was an iPhone 11 Pro Max, owned by one Baris Ali Koch, who was accused of helping his convicted brother flee the US and misleading the police.

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Even after these triumphs over Apple‘s security using third-party tools and services, US law enforcement is still keen on an easier way in. Last week, Attorney General William Barr asked the company to help investigators access the contents of two iPhones used by the gunman who opened fire at a naval air station in Pensacola, Florida in December 2019.

Apple's new iPhones may be harder to crack than older models - but the FBI has figured out a way in with the help of third parties
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