Apple’s iPhone is highly developed and the security is of a different level. Tech companies should understand that user data is confidential and tampering with this data shouldn’t be allowed. The auto‐erase feature comes into play here. If the security lock is enabled, you get 10 attempts to unlock it and after that the data becomes inaccessible. This is highly useful, when an iPhone is lost or stolen. Farook used the iPhone 5c and FBI investigators firmly believe auto‐ erase was enabled on this phone. Even the court is against Apple, they have been ordered to help, but Apple’s authority is adamant.
In the various court filings, it was explained by FBI that the data which the iPhone contains is encrypted. When the security code is punched in, the OS generates the required key and complex calculations take place here. So the mechanism itself is delicate and consequently wiping out data is effortless. Wrong codes can harm the functioning of the iPhone. It goes much deeper than this, usually data is backed up in iCloud and as per investigation Farook deactivated this feature, so that he becomes untraceable.