Donald Trump on Apple: 'Who do they think they are?'

Technically Incorrect: The presidential candidate condemns Apple's opposition to helping the government hack a phone tied to the San Bernardino terror attack.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Donald Trump says Apple should do as it's told.

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Donald Trump has set his sights on a new target.

Apple CEO Tim Cook declared his company's adamant opposition Tuesday to a federal judge's order to create what Cook calls a "backdoor" in iPhones. The FBI wants Apple to help break into a password-locked iPhone tied to December's terror attack in San Bernardino, California, but Cook said such a hack could be applied to all of Apple's encrypted phones.

On Wednesday, Trump fired his own volley.

The leading Republican presidential candidate appeared on "Fox And Friends" and expressed disbelief that Apple would argue with a court order, Politico reported.

"Who do they think they are? They have to open it up," Trump said. "I think security, overall, we have to open it up and we have to use our heads. We have to use common sense."

Trump's new slogan is that he's a "common-sense conservative." However, Cook apparently considers it common sense to preserve -- as he said in open letter on Apple's website -- "the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."

The device in question is an iPhone police found in the trash near the December 2 attack that killed 14 people and injured 22.

The iPhone was used, according to the FBI, by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the two attackers.

Apple's decision to defy the order will apparently become a full-fledged legal fight.

Cook has repeatedly insisted that encryption is vital for Apple's customers, noting last fall that a backdoor for the good guys would also be a backdoor for the bad guys.

He did, however, open something of a door to the government last year. In an NPR interview, he said: "If they ask in a way that is correct, and has been through the courts as is required, then to the degree that we have information, we give that information."

Perhaps giving information is one thing but actively skirting the security controls on an iPhone, as a judge ordered in this case, is another.

For Trump, the nuance is irrelevant. But getting Apple to follow the order may require more than an appeal to "common sense."

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