Yesterday, it came to light that the FBI may no longer need Apple to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone. The two sides were due to meet in court again today, but the hearing has been delayed.
The news that the FBI may not need Apple’s help saw the courts quickly grant a two-week pause while the government try out a new approach. It claims that it’s been presented with alternative means of unlocking the phone by a third party, which could be used to break into the now infamous iPhone. It’s not clear who has provided the FBI with the alternative, or what it entails.
This all means that the hearing scheduled for Tuesday 22nd March has now been vacated by the courts. The government has been ordered to file a status report about its progress by April 5th. [The Intercept]