Apple Fans Don't Actually Care About The Whole FBI iPhone Thing

Apple Fans Don't Actually Care About the Whole FBI iPhone Thing

Apple is waging a vicious war in the court of public opinion against the FBI and its court order mandating Apple to hack an iPhone. It's a big deal, but despite the hand-wringing rhetoric, Apple has failed to make the general public actually care. The top photo comes from a demonstration yesterday afternoon in Washington DC, one of 40 planned actions protesting the FBI's demands across the country. Sadly, despite the impressive level of organisation, few people seem to have turned up — according to Getty, around a dozen protesters turned up at the Washington demo, and a picture from the San Francisco rally shows more TV cameras than signs.

Similar levels of apathy are on display in recent poll posted by Pew Research Center, which showed that of 1000 adults surveyed, only 38 per cent sided with Apple.

All this is not to say that people should support the Justice Department: it's that Apple is choosing to fight this argument very publicly, assuming that it could rely on the support of the hundreds of thousands who queue for days just to give Apple money. Hopefully, the legal strategy (Apple's reply to the court order is due Friday) will be a little more successful.

Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


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    Because most iPhone users are 18-35 sheeple that only have an iPhone because it's the "cool" phone to have.

    Average iphone/smart phone user just doesn't care or understand the implications of what the FBI want.

      I would confidently broaden that to average american.

    Typical Gizmodo click bate. Yes, there are a lot of misinformed users, but that doesn't mean we don't care. I care that I am using a device that encrypts my data. I don't want that getting into the wrong hands. Nor do I want people snooping in my phone. Why shouldn't we be allowed to have privacy? The FBI know what is on that phone as they have the iCloud back ups given to them from Apple who has been working with them.

    But don't report that because then, what fear will that inject into society?

    Does no one care about the San Bernardino victims???

    The tradition of protesting has been beaten out of western cultures. Many subtle changes have achieved this, with the added help of completely changed communications. Bottom line, it's not that effective other than providing photos for articles. There are only a few subjects that can get a big crowd.

    The court order is not asking for a method to remotely access iPhones through a back door. It's telling Apple to help the FBI get through the front door. In this case that means defeating the passcode on one phone by enabling a brute force attack. Not saying it should be done, but that's what they want.

    If the FBI wanted to access documents in a booby-trapped safe, can a court in the US order the manufacturer of that safe to remove the booby-trap, so the FBI can smash its way in? If so, then Apple should comply, but they should also resist compliance first so they maintain the appearance of caring about customers.

      Nah mate, we protested last week in sydney over lock out laws lol we protest the important things like being able to get alcohol after 3am, priorities mate! :)

    Firstly, I don't know the full story about what FBI are requesting from Apple but keeping things simple here. I think the FBI or any Police for that matter should have the right to have a phone unlocked if there is a crime involved, which is the case here and they should have a court order for it. going further, the request (if true) asking for a programme that will allow them to unlock any phone isn't right. I think in this case the FBI should have just gone out to got a court order asking Apple to unlock the phone due to a crime. (I hope that makes sense, need more coffee)

      If the NSA is tracking all communication and they didn't stop this attack then why should they get privilege of more information, they have already shown that they are incompetent, they havn't stopped a single terrorist attack.

      I understand the situation we are in but there has been hundreds of terrorist attacks in the western world and not one has been stopped, I'm sick of them collecting all this info on the premise that it protects us which is bullshit, their not using the info to protect us the governments don't give a fuck about us we are just cash cows to them.

      If the NSA is tracking all communication and they didn't stop this attack then why should they get privilege of more information, they have already shown that they are incompetent, they havn't stopped a single terrorist attack.

      I understand the situation we are in but there has been hundreds of terrorist attacks in the western world and not one has been stopped, I'm sick of them collecting all this info on the premise that it protects us which is bullshit, their not using the info to protect us the governments don't give a fuck about us we are just cash cows to them.

    After you've had your coffee and woken up a bit more, I suggest doing some more research into the topic. This current situation has far greater ramifications for society than simply finding out what other people some nut job with a gun was talking to in the lead up to committing his crime. Further more, the guy is dead, so no amount of information that could possibly be gained from accessing his phone will result in being able to place more charges on him... At most you might find there are a couple more people with similar intentions, which I don't think you need to open his phone to be able to predict.

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