The aspect of the Apple security saga that feels under-acknowledged is that the phones are not actually secure. They were sold to us as if they could not have their security simply updated away through Apple’s iOS backdoor.

Make no mistake: this is essentially the same thing that made MS Office insecure back in the early 90’s, as artfully exposed by the Back Orifice hack. Apple wrote an phone OS that allows the company to alter the operating system remotely, without the user’s permission.

What the case shows is that — in spite of the rhetoric — we have been depending on the judgment of Apple Corp for the ongoing security of our phones. They are not technologically secure; they are as secure as Apple’s judgment at any given time.

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