"We're constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product", a company spokesman wrote in the statement.
While Apple has historically been non-compliant when law enforcement has sought capabilities to hack into Apple customers' devices, in certain instances, police have been able to use third-party hacking tools to exploit a loophole in iPhone Lightning ports.
Yet some authorities nearly certainly will see it as yet another barrier to carrying out their legally sanctioned investigations.
Apple has stuck to its proprietary Lightning port connector for its iPhones for years but it looks like the popular USB-C system will replace that soon.More news: UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence
It's a win for privacy advocates, but it's sure to enrage law enforcement officials by making it harder than ever for them to get information out of locked phones. In 2016, it went to court to fight an order that it break into an iPhone 5c used by a killer in San Bernardino. Now they will be unable to run code on the devices after the hour is up.
Apple has been a prominent opponent of demands from authorities for legislation to be created that forces technology companies to maintain access to users' devices. But revelations about the volume and precision of such data - most famously from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 - prompted a consumer backlash. According to a new rumor out of China, the company is only going to support the standard in the smartphones it releases next year.
Apple has been at the forefront of a battle between tech companies and law enforcement to hand over data in extreme cases.
Having a device in the market that offers criminals - and law enforcement - the ability to get into any iPhone, no matter what the iOS version, for as low as $100 turned into a nightmare for Apple.More news: USA Sanctions Russian Entities Over Alleged Ties to Russian FSB
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in particular have complained about what they call the "Going Dark Problem" as encryption becomes increasingly widespread and strong across a range of consumer devices and services. However, the company said it isn't doing so to frustrate Federal Bureau of Investigation.
For months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been criticized for misrepresenting its ability to crack encrypted devices.
Currently, law enforcement and others can plug specialized tools made by cybersecurity experts into the phone's Lightning port to access data. The FBI claims it has at least hundreds of electronics devices connected to investigations that it can't access due to encryption.More news: Two Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize