Even hard-wired hacking tools will no longer work.
You really have to hand it to Apple. The company really takes privacy very seriously – even when faced with the task of helping federal authorities with crimes, they do what they can but will refuse to unlock their devices even if needed by the police.
This has led to some disagreements with law enforcement since Apple refuses to provide a hack or a backdoor to their devices so that data may be extracted, fearing that it could lead to the wrong hands and could potentially risk the security of all iOS devices.
The police have to now resort to grey market security firms offering hardware-based decrypting services to hack iOS devices, and this is done using a USB cable plugged into the Lightning port.
But the recent iOS 11.4.1 update now restricts connectivity when plugging in USB accessories. By default, you need to first unlock your smartphone if it has been locked for more than an hour before it can accept connections through the Lightning port. This excludes USB power chargers.
“If you don’t first unlock your password-protected iOS device—or you haven’t unlocked and connected it to a USB accessory within the past hour—your iOS device won’t communicate with the accessory or computer, and in some cases, it might not charge. You might also see an alert asking you to unlock your device to use accessories,” said Apple in a support article.
iOS 11.4.1 is now available for download.