Apple has contacted TechCrunch with a statement about the DROPOUTJEEP NSA program that detailed a system by which the organization claimed it could snoop on iPhone users. Apple says that it has never worked with the NSA to create any ‘backdoors’ that would allow that kind of monitoring, and that it was unaware of any programs to do so.
Click through and read the statement — it’s a pretty definitive statement from Apple (and came quickly, for Apple at least) and encompasses all Apple products not just the iPhone.
This doesn’t mean there isn’t a backdoor — as I understand it the NSA attacks BIOS level software. If that is the case perhaps Apple isn’t writing the BIOS’ on iPhone and therefore the NSA has partnered with an Apple vendor? This is pure speculation though.