Apple Is Said to Be Trying to Make It Harder to Hack iPhones

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WASHINGTON — Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California, according to people close to the company and security experts.

If Apple succeeds in upgrading its security — and experts say it almost surely will — the company will create a significant technical challenge for law enforcement agencies, even if the Obama administration wins its fight over access to data stored on an iPhone used by one of the killers in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., rampage. If the F.B.I. wanted to get into a phone in the future, it would need a new way to do it. That would most likely prompt a new cycle of court fights and, yet again, more technical fixes by Apple.

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