A New York court has ruled in Apple’s favour in a case where investigators wanted the court to force the company to unlock one of its phones – an iPhone 5s running iOS 7 – Ars Technica reported.
The seized phone – which Apple can unlock – is part of a case involving a drug dealer, and predates Apple’s battle with the FBI over a locked iPhone 5c used in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
The iPhone 5c is running iOS 9, which Apple says it can’t unlock. The FBI received a court order compelling Apple to create new firmware that will enable investigators to crack the device.
Apple has formally challenged that order, and the case is set to be heard in Riverside, California during April.
The judge who ruled in the New York case involving the iPhone 5s said that the All Writs Act of 1789 – the same law the FBI used in the San Bernardino case – may not be used to achieve a goal Congress hasn’t granted.
Ars Technica noted that this ruling will have no bearing on the San Bernardino case, as it is happening in a different federal judicial district.