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Apple tells U.S. judge 'impossible' to unlock new iPhones

(Corrects spelling of U.S. Attorney Robert Capers' last name in 8th paragraph)

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Apple Inc told a U.S. judge that accessing data stored on a locked iPhone would be "impossible" with devices using its latest operating system, but the company has the "technical ability" to help law enforcement unlock older phones.

Apple's position was laid out in a brief filed late Monday, after a federal magistrate judge in Brooklyn, New York, sought its input as he weighed a U.S. Justice Department request to force the company to help authorities access a seized iPhone during an investigation.

In court papers, Apple said that for the 90 percent of its devices running iOS 8 or higher, granting the Justice Department's request "would be...


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