Today’s Apple event is underway, and we’re likely just moments form hearing about Apple’s latest mobile hardware. But before we get there, Apple took a few moments to look back at itself: this is a company celebrating its 40th birthday, one with over a billion active devices in use. And despite achieving all that, it’s about to face maybe one of its biggest fights yet, as the company faces off against the federal government in a fight to keep its mobile operating system secure. On the eve of Apple’s big court date, Tim Cook took a few moments to discuss the importance of his company’s role in the national discussion about encryption, privacy, and the government’s ability to enforce the law.

Cook addresses the reality of just how pivotal the iPhone has become in the lives of its users, and how it’s so much more than just a phone – with as much of what we do filtered through our phones as it is, the security of that data is paramount.

A solemn Cook described how Apple “owes it to our customers and we owe it to our country” to participate in the discussion of just how easy it should be for law enforcement to access all that data. He continues, “This is an issue that impacts all of us, and we will not shrink from this responsibility.”

Check back tomorrow for coverage of how the court responds to Apple’s motion to dismiss efforts to force it to break the security of its own software.

Source: Apple

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