FBI Director Says Battle With Apple Will Set Legal Precedent

[ BuzzFeed ] Hamza Shaban:

“I do think that whatever the judge’s decision is in California — and I’m sure it will be appealed no matter how it ends up — will be instructive for other courts,” he said. “And there may well be other cases that involve the same kind of phone and the same operating system.”

This is FBI Director James Comey during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Comey knows this isn’t about just that one iPhone 5c used in San Bernardino, but a whole bunch of other iPhones the FBI can’t hack today and in the future. Same kind of phone = iPhone. Same operating system = iOS.