Police ask Apple for help decrypting iPhones

May 10, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT
A young woman talks on an Apple iPhone as she walks past the construction site of the new Apple Store on Kurfuerstendamm avenue on April 22, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
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U.S. law enforcement has gone to the maker of the devices themselves for help decrypting security features of seized iPhones, but there is waiting list several weeks long. Some agencies have waited three or four months for the company to tackle getting past its own encryption software, partially because local or state-level security groups do not have the technological capabilities.