Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Apple may finally adopt USB-C in iPhones launched in 2019

Apple may finally adopt USB-C in iPhones launched in 2019

Apple said it will change the default settings in the iPhone operating system to cut off communication through the charging port when a phone has not been unlocked for more than a hour.

"We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs", Apple told Reuters.

"We're constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product", a company spokesman wrote in the statement. That stand-off ended when the Department of Justice said it had found a third party that could unlock the iPhone without Apple's help.

The changes to the default settings of the iPhone are meant to stop unauthorised access to the phones via the USB port.

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Apple is reportedly closing a loophole that allows locked iPhones to be accessed without their owners' passcodes, disabling a method often used by law enforcement. While this was only hinted through iOS 11.3 and iOS 12 betas that came with a USB Restricted Mode, Apple has now confirmed this move.

It comes as a big annoyance to many users, but Apple remains the technological trendsetter, and despite usually not being first, a technology never really arrives until Apple adopts it.

The change may not sound like much, but it probably throws a serious roadblock in law enforcement attempts to break into iPhones.

Back in 2016, the agency famously took Apple to court over a locked iPhone owned by the San Bernardino shooter.

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Either way, researchers and police vendors will find new ways to break into phones, and Apple will then look to patch those vulnerabilities.

There's news from China, more in the shape of a rumor that Apple may include the USB- C type jack to its smartphones to be released in 2019.

Since Microsoft has been doing the unthinkable lately by adding Unix/Linux capabilities to Windows, the adoption of USB Type-C in Apple's MacBook series arrived like a rather small surprise.

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