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Apple Vs. Android: Telecom Partner Explains Why iOS Is So Hard To Crack

In the wake of the Apple-FBI debate following the San Bernardino shootings, TeraNova Consulting shares why Apple's operating system is the most challenging OS to crack, and why things could have been different if the shooter's encrypted phone had been an Android.

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The Challenges Of iOS

The court battle between Apple and the federal government over Apple's decision to not help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone tied to last December's mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., came to a close earlier this year. The case over the phone sparked outcry from the tech industry, with many companies -- and even carriers -- standing with Apple to defend device security.

Ultimately, the Justice Department dropped its lawsuit against Apple after the FBI was able to unlock the iPhone with the help of a third-party company. The details on how the FBI was able to hack into the iPhone are still unclear – even to Apple. The attack, carried out by a married couple, left 14 dead, while another 22 were seriously injured.

TeraNova Consulting Group, Inc., a San Diego-based telecom consultancy that specializes in managing business clients' mobility expenses and devices, talked with CRN to discuss the differences between iOS and Android-based devices. Robert Mendoza, TeraNova's technical helpdesk manager, and his team maintain knowledge of every type of device they support for TeraNova's clients. Mendoza shared how the debate would have been different if the shooter had been an Android user, and why Apple's OS is the most challenging to crack.

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