Apple can’t unlock a user’s iPhone running recent software even if asked to do so by law enforcement, the company told a U.S. judge

In a court brief filed Monday at the request of U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, Apple said accessing a locked iPhone would be “impossible” on devices running iOS 8 or higher. However, the Cupertino company said it has the technical ability to access an iPhone running older software, which accounts for some 10% of devices, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The brief comes after a request by the U.S. Justice Department, which wants Apple to access the data on a locked phone — one that does fall into that 10% bracket — that the DOJ seized during an investigation. However, Apple claims that forcibly extracting data from the phone “could threaten the trust between Apple and its customers and substantially tarnish the Apple brand,” per the brief. Read more…

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Apple to U.S. court: We can’t unlock new iPhones, even if we try