'Security is an endless race'

Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple, in an Op-ed at The Washington Post:

That’s why it’s so disappointing that the FBI, Justice Department and others in law enforcement are pressing us to turn back the clock to a less-secure time and less-secure technologies. They have suggested that the safeguards of iOS 7 were good enough and that we should simply go back to the security standards of 2013. But the security of iOS 7, while cutting-edge at the time, has since been breached by hackers. What’s worse, some of their methods have been productized and are now available for sale to attackers who are less skilled but often more malicious.

Some people see Apple's stance as siding with 'terrorists'. Just look in the comments section of any number of online articles on the Apple vs FBI issue and you'll see such remarks. But security has needed to improve to keep hackers out. The (unfortunate?) side-effect is the government's inability to get into a device. Should that be backtracked for everyone so a minute number of devices can be inspected?

Also notable from this article: yet another Apple executive telling the situation as it is. The government's request is as simple as he makes it: they miss the security level of iOS versions gone by. But Craig is right when he calls security an "endless race". The smarter the engineers creating new technology become, the smarter malicious players become, too.