Apple has insisted that the new security measure is primarily aimed at protecting users in despotic countries, not at making law enforcement's job more hard.
In theory, the change could also spur sales of cracking devices, as law enforcement looks to get more forensic machines closer to where seizures occur. A brewing legal showdown was defused after the Federal Bureau of Investigation hired professional hackers to crack into the device.
"We're constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product", a company spokesman wrote in the statement.
Apple said it was working a fix to mitigate the possibility of accessing data from GrayKey or similar tools.
Reaction to the proposed change broke along familiar lines, with privacy and security advocates cheering the move and law enforcement officials decrying it.
However, Apple denied the changes were created to thwart USA law enforcement. Though you'll still be able to charge a phone without tapping in a password, you'll now need one to pull data off it via that port. Now they will be unable to run code on the devices after the hour is up. Heralded with pushing the envelope and popularising many technologies that were once considered unfeasible, the company is also known for its sluggishness in making certain industry standards available to its users. Companies responded with a wave of new encryption initiatives and other security improvements on computers, smartphones and popular communication tools such as email.
Apple has been at the forefront of a battle between tech companies and law enforcement to hand over data in extreme cases.
The practice has spread in recent years, with law enforcement agencies around the world buying devices that can pull information off a locked phone.
For months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been criticized for misrepresenting its ability to crack encrypted devices.
If a law enforcement agency wants to gain access to an iPhone, its options are limited, even with a warrant.