Apple is testing a new feature that will stifle law enforcement attempts to decrypt iOS devices. In previous iOS versions, data transfer over USB is enabled, even when the screen is locked. If the device is being connected to a machine for the first time, it must be unlocked. The USB can however be used to guess pin codes for unlocking the phone. A previous version of the iOS Beta had USB device lockout set for one week. I’ve posted some thoughts about this here:
The article linked below covers the specifics of the new USB restricted mode included in the iOS Beta:
Joseph Cox also posted some thoughts noting that this move may hurt law enforcement and reinvigorate the “going dark” debate.
Apple introducing a feature that kills all data transfer from the device within just one hour—seriously curbing effectiveness of iPhone unlocking tools used by law enforcement—seems, well, like throwing a tank of gasoline on the going dark web debate https://t.co/xi7ZFylO7S pic.twitter.com/Kzf3C4oecH
— Joseph Cox (@josephfcox) June 5, 2018