Trump Rips Apple for Opposing iPhone Backdoor: “Who Do They Think They Are?”

American billionaire investor and GOP candidate Donald Trump has today slammed Apple over rejection of a court order, that asks the Cupertino company to cooperate with authorities in the investigation of one of the iPhones of the San Bernardino shooters. “Who do they think they are? They have to open it up”, Trump remarked of Apple in an interview on Fox News (via Politico).

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While referring to a court order demanding Apple create a way for federal investigators to break into the iPhone of one of the perpetrators of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack, the Republican presidential candidate said, “I think security, overall, we have to open it up and we have to use our heads. We have to use common sense”. In a statement issued earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company believes the FBI’s “intentions are good,” but it would not comply with the federal court order handed down earlier this week.

“Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them,” Cook wrote. “But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.”

Repeating his lines about the San Bernardino attack, Trump continued “Somebody the other day called me a common-sense conservative. We have to use common sense”.

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  • Z S

    More proof that Trump has no idea what he’s talking about. Just wait till all phones have a back door and then some hacker from abroad uses it to get insider info on his businesses and make him go broke.

  • ShaBi

    “I think security, overall, we have to open it up and we have to use our heads. We have to use common sense”
    Uh….what? Did he just say it’s “common sense” we should open up security? Did I not get that right? I’m confused….

  • Anthony ?

    He’s not the President that America needs, but he’s certainly the President that America deserves…

  • FragilityG4

    Okay Lt. Gordon.

  • “Who do they think they are? They have to open it up”

    Well, since he asked. They’re the ones selling vehicles, weapons, to other countries for war, and selling user date for marketing. The ones who give police a paid vacation for shooting, beating, and killing unarmed civilians. So please excuse us for not entirely trusting your government 😛

  • FragilityG4

    This is all assuming Apple hasn’t already created such a back door which I’m sure they have. They have the right to say no but if opening this one phone could held information that could save one life isn’t it worth doing? Or should we do the lefty thing and believe everything is awesome … Sorry watching the Lego movie with the kids!

  • Why does everyone assume Apple has built-in a back door? If they did, do you not think they would have complied quietly with this order?

  • FragilityG4

    No they’re trying to make a statement; “Our security is good and strong” and “Our users privacy is paramount” … Everything Apple does, they do for a reason. That’s why I think they might have put in a back door.

  • BigCat

    If Apple gets forced into making and proving a back door then I am very sure that they will publicly advise their customers of this change. Neither the Government nor the Courts will be able to prevent this fact from getting out to the public.

    And then the bad guys will use another form of communication leaving everybody else with a back door.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Maybe it’s all a ruse to fool terrorists into thinking the iPhone is safe to use.

  • …and what reason would they have for putting in a back door? That’s what I’m getting at. Wouldn’t it be so that they could help with situations like this?

  • FragilityG4

    Probably but wouldn’t it be better PR if they held off long enough calling for the protection of their customers?

  • Problem with the back door is they’ll keep pulling that rope.
    – Today it’s used for a murder.
    – Tomorrow it’s used for anti-terrorism measures
    – Then for Petty crimes because everyone want to brag what they did to a friend.
    – then for public safety of all people.

    If you give the government free access to the cookie jar, allowing them only 1 cookie per day, they’ll follow the rules.
    Then they start sneaking extra cookies, then take the whole jar when they think everyone has forgotten.

  • I don’t think so. I’m seeing very mixed responses to this, with many people mad at Apple for not unlocking this one phone and assuming they’re siding with terrorists, Trump being just one example. I don’t think this is great PR for them. Some people might like them more now, but a lot of people like them less.

  • FragilityG4

    If that’s the case, it’s lose lose … So just open it.

  • Exactly my point. If they have a back door I think they would have used it. Their actions indicate that they don’t have a back door and are against creating one for security reasons.

  • FragilityG4

    I’m still convinced it’s a PR game.