Seized iPhones with a passcode lock are apparently secure enough to frustrate a lot of police agencies in the U.S., resulting in a wait list that Apple has put in place to help it deal with unlock requests from the authorities. The waiting list was long enough that it resulted in a 7-week delay for a recent request by the ATF last summer, according to the CNET report.
I think the editorial commentary is a bit over the top and vulgar, but there is a great comment by Herding_Sheep that I felt needed to be called out.
People don’t seem to think rationally anymore. Look what happened now when Microsoft changed just ONE element on the traditional tried-and-true desktop and got rid of the start menu. It confused the hell out of the average users who just want to USE their computers the way they’ve always worked.
It wouldn’t be any different for Apple. When you have something that 400+ million customers currently use and are happy with, any little change is going to risk an uproar. Maybe they could change the visual aesthetic, but to change how the OS operates just for the sake of “new” would be downright silly, and thats not how a wise designer thinks about products. Dieter Rams would probably roll his eyes at the idea of changing something for changesake.
Even as Android takes the lead in global sales, it’s been much less successful from a security standpoint. “We sell an anti-virus product for Android,” Cobb noted. “No one sells anti-virus for iOS.”
This could be a little misleading because iOS doesn’t grant any 3rd party apps the ability to run outside of a sandbox, which means the Anti-Virus app on iOS would be completely useless because all that it would be able to scan and see is itself.
But Cobb said that “In some circles it is already having an effect… I wouldn’t use an Android phone for my personal stuff.”
And in the end the security evangelist picks what he thinks is the most secure, iOS. Not an Android based device running his company’s software.