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New Apple security would prevent government access to locked phones

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A big battle is brewing over the right to sell certain cars in Indiana. Also, Apple may be working on an unhackable iPhone.

Jane King was on Daybreak Thursday morning with these stories and other local and national business headlines.

Tesla Motors, which has long skirmished with auto dealers over its practice of selling cars directly to consumers has accused General Motors of being the driving force behind a bill that seeks to kick Tesla out of Indiana.

Tesla is licensed to sell directly to consumers in Indiana and has operated a store in Indianapolis for two years. But Tesla says a new bill would require it sell through a franchised dealer in 30 months.

The legislative battle comes as both companies prepare for a head-to-head competition to sell lower-priced electric cars that target the mass market next year.

In other business headlines, Apple engineers have already begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California.

If Apple succeeds in upgrading its security – and experts say it almost surely will – the company would create a significant technical challenge for law enforcement agencies.