The abrupt end to a confrontation that had transfixed the tech industry was a victory for Apple, which said helping investigators break into the iPhone would have set a dangerous precedent.
The tech community and supporters of Apple suggested the timing of the FBI's announcement, just a day before a major hearing in the case, was suspicious.
A court filing by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and two others cited a jailhouse phone call in which an inmate called Apple's encryption a "gift from God."
Everything the government creates, from nukes to crypto backdoors, eventually becomes a thing the government needs to protect itself from.
Resetting the phone's iCloud password potentially blocked an alternate way for authorities to access the data on the phone without Apple’s help.
The legal fight between the government and the world's largest tech company over access to a phone belonging to a suspected terrorist is heating up.
The FBI’s request for Apple to help unlock an iPhone that belonged to a gunman in the San Bernardino mass shooting could have massive repercussions.