Investigators and Apple had been collaborating for weeks to get into Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone, but the courtroom battle that’s now unfolding apparently blindsided Cook.
FBI agents turned to Apple for help unlocking the device because several security measures introduced to iPhones in recent years have made data difficult to extract. Farook was a San Bernardino County health inspector who was issued the phone for his use on the job.
Cook said the FBI waited too long to get the Apple involved. There was a "crucial" missed opportunity to get some possible additional data when investigators had the county reset a password for Farook's online back-up system.
"I wish they would have contacted us earlier," Cook said.
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Times staff writers Maura Dolan and Joel Rubin contributed to this report.
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