According to security experts who have reviewed early developer versions of the forthcoming iOS 11, law enforcement will soon have a harder time conducting digital forensic searches of iPhones and iPads. This move is possibly to enhance Fifth Amendment protections of Apple’s users and perhaps frustrate searches at the US border.
The changes were first reported last week by Elcomsoft, a Russian software company. These changes are coming in conjunction with another privacy-minded feature that will disable Touch ID by pressing the power button five times.
Prior to this latest version of the firmware, in order for an iOS device to be “trusted” by a computer that it was physically connected to, that device had to be unlocked first via Touch ID or passcode. Next, the device would prompt the user: “Trust This Computer?” Only then could the entire device’s data could be extracted and imaged. Under iOS 11, this sequence has changed to also specifically require the passcode on the device after the “Trust This Computer?” prompt.