Arkansas prosecutor Cody Hiland doesn't have to go after Apple to unlock an iPhone and an iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a 66-year-old couple. According to Associated Press, the FBI has agreed to help him crack the devices open. The prosecutor believes that one of the teenagers charged of capital murder and aggravated robbery used his iPod to talk about his plan to kill the victims. He thinks he can find more evidence in the device, as well. Based on recent events, the agency could be more than capable of delivering on its promise.
If you haven't heard, the Department of Justice dropped its case against Apple after the third-party entity it brought in managed to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c. The feds wanted the company to unlock the shooter's device for them, but Apple refused to comply to the very end and fought back in the name of privacy and security for months. They didn't reveal how the third-party entity hacked the device, and it's unclear if they'll be using the same method to access the devices connected to this case. By agreeing to the prosecutor's request, though, the feds are showing that they don't need Apple's help, at least until they want to access the company's newest devices.