A NYPD officer carries a barrier outside the Apple Store in New York February 23, 2016 / REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The company says that it will continue to increase the security in its products, including presumably attempting to limit the mysterious security hole that let the government in

Apple has responded to the FBI dropping its long and often passionate case against the company, criticising the US government for ever bringing the case.

The FBI has said that the case is no longer needed since it managed to use a mysterious method to get into the much-discussed phone. But Apple responded, arguing that the “case should never have been brought” in the first place.

The case — which was fought passionately and in public — revolved around an iPhone used by a California ass shooter. The FBI argued that Apple should be forced to break into the handset, but the company refused to do so.

And, after the case, it said that it would continue to work harder to make its products more difficult for people including law enforcement to break into.

FBI Assistant Director David Bowdich said Monday that examining the iPhone was part of the authorities' effort to learn if the San Bernardino shooters had worked with others or had targeted any other victims. "I am satisfied that we have access to more answers than we did before," he said in a statement.

Apple’s statement in full

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI's demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.

“We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.

“Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.

“This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.”