On February 26, Apple filed a motion to vacate the order requiring it to assist the government’s effort to bypass security features on an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists.  Apple continues to portray the order as an effort to require it to build a “back door” into the iPhone’s encryption, which isn’t quite right.  What the government is actually asking is that Apple help it to unlock the door that Apple itself built into the phone, by creating a new piece of software that would put the government in a position to try to break Apple’s encryption through “brute force.”  But Apple also argues that even on these terms, the requested assistance would impose an undue burden, requiring the work of many employees over several weeks to comply.  This case ultimately will turn on whether the court finds that the government can conscript private companies to assist its investigations in this fashion, or whether the request here goes too far.