tablet-forecastApple has stated intentions to the New York Times to increase security measures in iPhones and iCloud. Apple intends to do this by eliminating passcode-free recovery mode as well as encrypt any iCloud backups.

The potentially increasing Apple security can be seen as a response to the ongoing controversy between Apple and the FBI. In short, the FBI requested Apple grant investigators backdoor access to an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, and Tim Cook, Apple CEO, protested the order.

Apple intends to disable the device firmware update, or DFU mode. DFU mode is used to troubleshoot any unresponsive iPhones by reinstalling iOS without requiring a passcode. In the future, users will have to enter a personal passcode for a device to enter DFU mode. As for iCloud, Apple is considering giving private decryption keys to users, so that not even Apple is able to decrypt backup. Both of these new security methods raise questions of what would happen if a customer forgot his/her password.

These new security changes would be possible with the right amount of education and regular security checks for iCloud users, but will take further development from Apple. By employing more personalized unlocking and encryption, Apple will potentially completely prevent the FBI and any other third parties from accessing iPhones or iCloud.