The FBI persuaded a federal judge to order Apple, Inc. to disable the iPhone's self-destruct feature.
The judge ordered Apple to cooperate with the feds "within reason" to break into it's own iPhone.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook had 5 days to respond to the judge's order.
His response was: "We oppose this order."
Cook called the judge's order "an overreach by the U.S. government."
"The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers," said Cook. "We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand."
Since IOS 8, Apple removed a backdoor feature that would allow even the manufacturer to bypass the password and get into the iPhone.
The move was done so thieves wouldn't be able to bypass your password and break into your iPhone to steal your data.
But the feds whine that they've spent nearly 6 months trying to break into the iPhone of one of the deceased muslim jihadists who slaughtered 14 people in San Bernardino, CA.
The feds are struggling to get data off a phone that belonged to Syed Farook.
Not even expert hackers on the FBI's payroll can bypass his password to get into his phone.
Cook argued that the judge's order would make iPhone owners vulnerable to snooping by the federal government.
iPhone owners far and wide are applauding Apple's refusal to help the feds break into their iPhones.