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McAfee offered to do it free of charge. Should have took him up on that, rather than wast $1M.

McAfee's offer was a PR stunt. He admitted it a week later.

And he made a series of public statements which made it clear he had no understanding whatsoever of the technical issues involved.

First, he claimed that he would use "social engineering" to access the phone's data.

Later, he claimed that he could do it easily by clearing the area of flash memory containing the phone's password, apparently unaware of the fact that the password was used as a key to encrypt data.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/03/john-mcafee-better-p...

Social engineering could plausibly work against Apple employees.

Which is undoubtedly one of the many reasons why  didn't want to create the software necessary to unlock the phone.

ot: it's oddly satisfying to me that the Apple unicode is broken for my browser.

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