There are a lot of real "smart guys" who think they know something about technology, that in reality have no real knowledge, posting on this thread. I've stayed out of it till now, but I'm done.
For those who think encryption is easily decryptable, this just shows you do not understand how encryption actually works. Let me break it down for you. The iphone uses 256 bit AES encryption. That is twice as long a key as 128 bit. To crack 256 bit AES encryption using the fastest supercomputer currently in existence, it would take 3.31 x 10^56 years to brute force the key. Let me put htis in perspective. It would take 1 billion, billion years to crack a 128 bit encrypted file. Consider, the age of the universe is 13.5 billion years. It is essentially impossible with modern technology, to brute-force AES encryption. So get that thought out of your pretty little head.
Now, the other thing at stake here, and what apple is concerned about, is that if they create a backdoor, as the government wants them to do, the only real way to do this is create a copy of the encryption key on that computer somewhere- or to be aware of what that key is. Either way, you now have an extremely perilous situation, because you have either a single point-of-failure system. You either have a single encryption key known only by apple. Even if you have an individual key for each iphone, apple would have to have a copy of that key, to comply with future requests like this. Obviously, as apple said, they don't want to to this, and they shouldn't. But this is basically what the FBI wants. They want them to build in a master key, or keep a record of the key for each phone in the event they want to access it.
Apple is trying to prevent this backdoor from being put in place. This isn't even a government only problem. Even if we assume the government would ever abuse this (looking at you, NSA), then it's still lreaving a gaping hole for other bad actors, from other governments, or just your standard "black hat" hackers, who want to access your device. All you have is a single point of failure now- those master keys. You no longer have the safety net of a nearly uncrackable encryption system. If someone can access those keys, you are done.
There is no solution here which accomplishes anything good. I'm glad apple is standing up for this. The amount of fear resulting from these attacks is insanely overreactive, and I'm very worried it's going to result in more things like this, where we give up more privacy in the name of security.
This is an obstruction of justice. If the FBI rolls over they will be an embarrassment. Why would Apple gets a free pass? If this were anyone else they'd be charged with obstruction. This is no doubt a political move by Apple. Apple has admitted that it has unlocked phones dozens of times last year. Why won't they do it now? Is it because of the religious affiliation of the perps? Tim Cook should be hauled off to jail.
The IRS crooks throw people in jail over small tax issues yet 2 Mooslems slaughter over a dozen people and Apple is impeding the investigation. How are people defending this?
The fact that you said "mooslims" means you immediately lose all credibility, due to your racist statements. Go fall in a hole. Ignoring that, The government is demanding apple comprimise the security of all it's customers to accomplish basically nothing. The fear of terrorism is so over exaggerated. Far more people are killed by accidental firearm discharge, or motor vehicle collisions, and the common cold, than are killed by terrorists in this country. I guess you don't care, but I am not willing to give up security and privacy so they can gain minimal information they don't already have.