The Justice Department may not need Apple's help any longer.
(....)But the Justice Department unexpectedly told the court just hours
before a scheduled hearing that it may not need Apple’s assistance after
"On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a
possible method for unlocking Farook's iPhone," federal prosecutors
said in a filing Monday afternoon. "Testing is required to determine
whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook's
iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the
assistance from Apple Inc. ('Apple') set forth in the All Writs Act
Order in this case."