Apple on Thursday asked a judge to vacate the court order directing the tech giant to help FBI agents unlock one of the San Bernardino shooter's smartphones.
The motion is the latest maneuver in the dispute between Apple and the FBI over the bureau’s attempts to access an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the two assailants in the California terror attack that left 14 people dead.
Apple last week defied the initial order, arguing the request sets a dangerous precedent that would allow the government to force companies to hack their own secure devices.
“If this order is permitted to stand, it will only be a matter of days before some other prosecutor, in some other important case, before some other judge, seeks a similar order using this case as precedent,” Apple said in a motion to vacate the order, filed Thursday afternoon to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
The company also insisted that complying with the court order would mean creating software it described as a “back door” that hackers could use to crack other iPhones.
The motion dubbed this software "GovtOS," after Apple's operating system.