On Friday, prosecutors asked a federal court in Riverside, California to force Apple to comply with a court order issued earlier this week to assist the FBI’s investigation of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Apple has been ordered specifically to create a custom firmware in the seized iPhone 5C that was used by Syed Rizwan Farook, which would remove a possible automatic wipe feature on the phone if a passcode is incorrectly entered 10 times. If Apple does comply, it would allow the government to brute force access to the phone.
The 35-page motion to compel is a clear repudiation of Apple’s public position, which has been to wholly resist the court order. Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook called the court order an "overreach by the US government."