Apple's Showdown With DOJ Postponed Amid Possible New Way to Unlock Phone

The government had wanted Apple to write a program to help unlock the phone.

The government has asked Apple to write a special piece of software that would allow investigators to unlock Farook's phone.

Apple confirmed that the hearing was postponed.

The DOJ said that it was "cautiously optimistic" that the new method wouldn't destroy data on the phone, according to spokeswoman Melanie Newman.

"If this solution works, it will allow us to search the phone and continue our investigation into the terrorist attack that killed 14 people and wounded 22 people," she said.

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