Engineer wrote:The FBI already had access to that information, and lost it by not following protocols.
The information would have been easy to retrieve if they would have simply taken the phone to its home network to reset the passcode. That's ALL they needed to do...literally just take the damn phone home so it didn't think it was stolen.
That's not quite what the article says. Here is the quote in the article which is quoting from Apple's 65 page filing:
Unfortunately, the FBI, without consulting Apple or reviewing its public guidance regarding iOS, changed the iCloud password associated with one of the attacker’s accounts, foreclosing the possibility of the phone initiating an automatic iCloud back-up of its data to a known Wi-Fi network... which could have obviated the need to unlock the phone and thus for the extraordinary order the government now seeks.21 Had the FBI consulted Apple first, this litigation may not have been necessary.
The automatic iCloud backup can be turned off, which certainly seems like something a terrorist would do, meaning the FBI would still need Apple's help.