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Steve Wozniak calls the San Bernadino iPhone battle 'lame'

Apple In Court
March 8, 2016

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak appeared on “Conan” last night, where he expressed his feelings about the San Bernadino iPhone 5c. If you recall, this is the case where the Department of Justice wants Apple to create a back door into the iPhone so they can break into the device in search of evidence concerning further terrorist activity.

Verizon turned over all the phone records, all the SMS messages. So they want to take this other phone, that the two didn’t destroy, which was a work phone, and it’s so lame and worthless to expect something’s on it and get Apple to expose it.

- Steve Wozniak on 'Conan'

Wozniak pointed out that the government “picked a lame case. They picked the lamest case you ever could.” In Wozniak’s opinion, not only is the case a clear violation of human rights, but aside from that, he doesn’t believe there’s anything to be found on the iOS device in the first place. Concerning the attackers’ personal phones, Wozniak points out that all of the data has already been pulled.

The other concern, in Wozniak’s eyes, is the precedent the case could set. Once Apple has been persuaded to create the back door, there would be the risk of the code getting into the wrong hands, including government agencies opposed to the United States.

Once you create it, there’s a good chance hackers will get into it – and then what if China says “Apple, you’ve got to give us a backdoor so we can get into any phone, even your government officials’ iPhones, and inspect them any time.”

- Steve Wozniak on 'Conan'

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Steve Wozniak, appearing on "Conan"